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

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

The run will start on June 20 and finish on July 20, pertaining to mass participation from professional and beginners.

Named Run to the Moon, it signifies the 51st anniversary of man’s landing on the moon (falling on July 21, 2020) and will implicate participants collectively encompassing 3,84,400 kilometers, the distance between the earth and the moon. The registration has started and will continue till June 18.

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Runners have to clock a minimum of 65 kilometers during the one-month period (minimum 2.5kms and maximum 10 km on a given day) to constitute a triumphant run.

However, to participate in the event, runners can join at any place of their choice, in a park or on the streets 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 selected sports institutions or academies.

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