Nadal, Gasol Launch Fundraiser To Pay Back Debt To Covid Hit Spain
Faizan Hashmi 7 days ago Fri 27th March 2020 | 01:30 AM
Madrid, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Mar, 2020 ) :Spanish sports stars Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol launched a fund-raising drive on Thursday explaining they wanted to give something back to the coronavirus hit nation that nurtured them to greatness.
"The Spanish people have never let us athletes down. We are what we are because of them," said Nadal, a 19-time Grand Slam winner.
Nadal said he came up with the idea and called his fellow Spaniard and friend Gasol to help promote his drive.
"Spanish athletes have always tried to make our nation proud, today we want to go beyond that," said Gasol, the Milwaukee Bucks star and double NBA champion.
"My contribution and Rafa's too have already been made and I hope the whole of Spanish sport will rally behind us," he said.
Among the first to react was World Cup winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
"It's the time for Spanish sport and it's up to us to do our part," he tweeted. "I have already contributed."Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui, a former Spain manager, posted his support on Nadal's Instagram account.