Champs Foundation, an organisation started by Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar in 1999 to assist former sportspersons who represented India in international competitions, has launched a new and improved website - champsindia.org .
Former sportspersons who are struggling to make ends meet can now submit an online application for monetary assistance at champsindia.org/beneficiaries .
Well-wishers of Indian sport can also donate to the foundation. All donations are exempt under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act of 1961.
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The Champs foundation has so far assisted 19 former Indian sportspersons, the latest being a hockey Olympian legend.
Commenting on the launch of the foundation's new website, Gavaskar said, "So far, the Foundation could act only if it got to know through the media about a former India sportsperson who was struggling. We didn't have a regularly operated website but now that we have one, hopefully, it can reach out to those who are under the radar and vice-versa. There is a desire to reach out and help ease in a little way the retired lives of our internationals."