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KKR owner and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan helps struggling boxer Kaur Singh with Rs 5 lakh

17 Dec 2017, 20:42 IST

Kaur Singh got some much-needed aid from Shah Rukh Khan.
Kaur Singh got some much-needed aid from Shah Rukh Khan.

What's the story?

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has helped out yesteryear Indian boxing star Kaur Singh by wiring a sum of Rs 5 lakh. The boxer was facing financial issues for treating his cardiac condition.

In case you didn't know...

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.

The boxer is suffering from a serious cardiac problem and spends around Rs 8,000 per month on medical expenses.

The heart of the matter

Recently, news broke out that Kaur Singh has been struggling with his medical condition and finding it difficult to foot his medical bills. The boxer had incurred a heavy sum of Rs 2 lakh for the treatment of his cardiac condition at a private hospital in Punjab.

Shah Rukh Khan, through his Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has generously funded an amount of Rs 5 lakh for Kaur's assistance. The money was wired by KKR to Kaur Singh's account, according to The Times of India.

Two days ago, 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.

What's next?

Kaur Singh has been overwhelmed with the amount of help pouring in from all quarters of the society and has expressed his gratitude for everyone who helped him in his time of need.

Author's take

An incredible gesture from the Bollywood superstar for a struggling sportsman forgotten by all. Such stories show that India is valuing its sportspersons and the federation, as well as the governments, are becoming more responsible towards the people who have given their all for the country's rise in sports.

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