Gopichand, Nachappa, Malathi to launch fundraiser run on June 20

Called Run to the Moon, it marks the 51st anniversary of man’s landing on the moon and will involve participants collectively covering 3,84,400 kilometres.

Pullela Gopichand (in pic), Ashwini Nachappa and Malathi Holla joined IDBI Federal Life Insurance and NEB Sports to launch a fundraiser run.   -  Getty Images

India’s national badminton coach, Pullela Gopichand, Arjuna Awardees Ashwini Nachappa (athlete) and Malathi Holla (para athlete) joined IDBI Federal Life Insurance and NEB Sports to launch a fundraiser run and help coaches, sports staff in academies and sports foundations affected by lockdown.

The run will commence on June 20 and end on July 20, involving mass participation from professional and amateurs.

Called Run to the Moon, it marks the 51st anniversary of man’s landing on the moon (falling on July 21, 2020) and will involve participants collectively covering 3,84,400 kilometres, the distance between earth and the moon. The registration has begun and will continue till June 18. Runners have to clock a minimum of 65 kilometres during the one-month period (minimum 2.5kms and maximum 10 kms on a given day) to constitute a successful run.

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Runners can participate at any place of their choice, in a park or on the streets, to become part of this event and is open to all participants in 10-65 years. “The current pandemic has seriously challenged the livelihood of coaches and sports staff who make sporting events possible at all levels. Through Run to the Moon, we hope to nourish the passion for sports in India and also support the unsung warriors of Indian sport,” Vighnesh Shahane, CEO of IDBI Federal Life Insurance, announced.

A nominal fee of Rs 100 will be charged from each runner, the amount donated to any of their preferred sports institutions or academies.