The tragic deaths of around 40 CRPF personnel in the Pulwama terror attack, have become a part of almost every conversation in the country right now, and has also evoked a strong reaction from the Indian sports community.
The likes of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag recently claimed to take full responsibility for the martyrs' children's education and well being, while many others have expressed solidarity in other ways.
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is the next person to jump on this bandwagon and do his bit.
The legendary Indian batsman joined thousands of runners in the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon on Sunday, in order to raise funds for the family members of the martyrs of the Pulwama terror attack.
Right before all the four flag-offs at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Tendulkar went on to accomplish 10 push-ups as part of the #KeepMoving Push-up Challenge and urged the runners to join him in the exercise.
Today, we made a difference & all it took was 10 push-ups. Thank you for infusing that extra energy by participating in the #KeepMoving Push-up Challenge at the @IDBIFed @NDelhiMarathon & helping us contribute to the @BharatKeVeer Fund. Delhi, you truly delivered!#KeepMovingDelhi pic.twitter.com/zs7BlgQSnE— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 24, 2019
“Whatever will be the fund that we receive from here, it will all be donated for a good cause, a bigger cause. It will be donated to the families of the martyrs. I am sure you understand the feelings and hope everyone joins us in this movement,” Tendulkar said on the occasion.
Thousands of runners took part in the four races — 42.195km long full marathon (2000), 21.095km half marathon (6000), timed 10km (5500)run and 5km Swachh Bharat Run (4500).
“The whole dream is to transform India from a sports-loving nation into a sport playing nation for a healthy active lifestyle. And if children are starting from here, things are going to be better and better,” added the top run-getter in cricket history.
“So, well done Delhi, keep up your energy to run in the marathon. It is fantastic that you all are here with so much enthusiasm and energy.”
This gesture by the Master Blaster helped the event in raising 15 lakh for the families of the martyrs.
Great great sir ðððð my idol sachin sir always fit ðððªðªðªðªðð @sachin_rt— SHIPRA -SACHINIST (@ShipraGhosh6) February 24, 2019
Unfortunately, couldn't come todayð£ð£ love u for life Paaji â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ @sachin_rt— Mohak Chaudhary (@Mohak461) February 24, 2019
All youth and your fans should take inspiration you and try to participate in this challenge to good health— akshaykumar (@AkshaykumarAks) February 24, 2019
Thank U sachin dada...u r always inspiration for me n our country— Tushar Thorat (@tushar7373) February 24, 2019