SRK lends helping hand to boxing legend Kaur Singh
King Khan is not just the ruler of Bollywood but also the king of hearts. His philanthropy and charity is no news. When Shah Rukh Khan learnt that 1982 Asian Games gold medalist, Kaur Singh (69), was struggling to pay his medical bills of Rs 2 lakh, he quickly offered to bear the cost of the same.
Kaur Singh was a champion pugilist who won gold in the 1982 Asian Games, which were held in New Delhi. He is the only Indian to enter the ring against boxing legend Muhammad Ali at an exhibition match in New Delhi on January 27, 1980 that was attended by over 50,000 people.
SRK said in a statement, “Sportspersons bring pride to 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. We wish Kaur Singh a speedy recovery and a healthy life”.
SRK wired Kaur a sum of Rs 5 lakh through his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
The Raees actor said that KKR’s passion extends beyond the game. “We, at Knight Riders, are extremely passionate about sports, which is not necessarily limited to cricket,” he said.
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has also helped Singh by contributing of Rs 1 lakh for the treatment and Punjab CM Capt. Amrinder Singh also promised to extend help.
Kaur Singh was grateful towards all the help he received, “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.”
Talking about his new TV talk show TED Talks India: Nayi Soch, SRK said, “The show is a unique, powerful initiative towards opening people’s minds to the power of ideas and encouraging new ideas.”