It is a heartwarming gesture from Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan as he lends his support to an ailing boxing legend. The Baadshah of Bollywood recently helped 1982 Asian Games gold medallist Kaur Singh who has been struggling to pay his medical bills. Shah Rukh Khan was moved when he got to know that the boxing legend was finding it difficult to take care of his medical plight as his finances were inadequate. Kaur Singh, reportedly, needs Rs 2 lakh for treating his cardiac condition as per The Times of India. The money was given through Shah Rukh Khan’s IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
“Sportspersons bring pride to a country, and it is our duty to look after them as a society. After reading about Kaur Singh, we as a sporting unit felt the need to stand by our fellow sportsman, and urge everyone else to do the same in their own way,” Shah Rukh Khan was quoted saying by TOI. He also wished him a speedy recovery. The KKR foundation wired the funds to Kaur Singh’s account in Khanal Khurd in Punjab’s Sangrur. The Bollywood actor has always been a sports enthusiast. He said that he was not only passionate about cricket, but took interest in other sports as well. “We, at Knight Riders, are extremely passionate about sports, which is not necessarily limited to cricket,” he added.
Apart from Rs 5 Lakh donated by Shah Rukh Khan, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has also helped Singh with a contribution of Rs 1 lakh for the treatment. Punjab CM Capt. Amrinder Singh had also promised to help the ailing Kaur Singh out and the amount of Rs 2 lakh from the Punjab government.
Meanwhile. Kaur Singh, who lives in a small house in Khanal Khurd, has been overwhelmed by the response. “After receiving such huge support from all over the country, I feel as if I am reliving the glory of the past. I thank everyone who came out and extended help,” he said. The boxing legend spends around Rs 8,000 per month on medicines.
Kaur Singh is a former Indian national champion pugilist who won the gold medal at the 1982 Asian Games held in New Delhi, India. He is also the only Indian boxer to ever fight against ‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali in an exhibition match on January 27, 1980, with more than 50,000 people in attendance.