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Coronavirus latest: Sport's goodwill stories to emerge on Saturday, March 28

Coronavirus latest: Sport's goodwill stories to emerge on Saturday, March 28
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The sporting world continues to make a united stand against the impact of Covid-19.

Athletes, clubs and sport personalities have been showing support for the community, reaching out to vulnerable members of the public, their fan bases and colleagues during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the sporting goodwill stories to emerge on March 28.

Cricket

England Women cricket captain Heather Knight is one of the hundreds of thousands of people to have signed up for the NHS volunteer scheme.

“I have a lot of free time on my hands and I want to help as much as I can,” Knight wrote in her BBC column.

“My brother and his partner are doctors, and I have a few friends who work in the NHS, so I know how hard they are working and how difficult it is for everyone.

“I’m going to get the car out as I’ve volunteered to transport medicine, and also speak to people who are self-isolating.”

England’s World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan has also added his voice to the sport stars showing their appreciation for the NHS to reinforce the message of staying home to help save lives.

Elsewhere, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has donated some 51 crores (£5.47million) to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund in the fight against Covid-19.

India is under a 21-day lockdown aimed at containing the spread of the virus across one of the world’s most densely-populated countries of some 1.3 billion people.

A BCCI statement read: “The outbreak of the Coronavirus is first and foremost a public health emergency and the BCCI has a firm resolve that the nation gets all possible help to cope with the testing times.”

Football

Manchester City are also helping to spread the word over social distancing, with players posting video messages on the Premier League club’s Twitter feed.

City’s England forward Raheem Sterling said: “The NHS have been doing a fantastic job, so let’s help then continue doing their wonderful works by just staying at home, protecting our NHS and saving lives… come on guys!”

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, meanwhile, has made a private donation to support the community in the Heinsberg district of his native Germany.

The 29-year-old has teamed up with the Football Association of the Middle Rhine (FVM), Heinsberg County, amateur club SVG Birgden-Langbroich-Schierwaldenrath and a supermarket in Birgden to help those impacted by Covid-19.

The initiative will include providing help with shopping for those unable to leave home for supplies, as well as care packages for front-line nurses on the intensive care units at local hospitals.

FVM president Bernd Neuendorf said: “Football is a strong engine for the cohesion in our society.

“Our amateurs and professionals prove this during these weeks with many impressive acts of kindness. They all know that people depend on them to do more than just score goals.”

Wales international Aaron Ramsey has donated £10,000 to the Cardiff and Vale Health charity.

The Juventus midfielder, who was born in Caerphilly, backed the appeal which raises money for local NHS doctors and nurses to help to benefit patients through the ‘Make It Better Fund’.

“We really appreciate all of your hard work, AR,” the 29-year-old said in his donation message on the charity’s JustGiving page.

Boxing

Promoter Eddie Hearn has vowed to reward NHS staff fighting the coronavirus pandemic with free tickets to all his major boxing shows over the next 12 months.

Some 200 tickets per show will be donated by Matchroom Boxing – including for Anthony Joshua’s next world heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora’s clash with Oleksandr Usyk.

“We can’t thank you enough for all of your support. NHS workers, you have been absolutely incredible, and you are the pride of our country,” Hearn said.

“Stay well everyone, stay safe, stay at home and we’ll get through this soon.”

Golf

The European Tour released a video in which players including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose praised the efforts of healthcare staff and other key workers, as well as urging fans to follow official advice.

“This is a little message for those of you who haven’t realised it yet – I am not your hero,” said McIlroy, before other players contributed to a collective message.

“Our heroes are all the essential workers that we all take for granted,” they said.

“Please help our heroes and follow the advice of the World Health Organisation and our respective governments around the world.

“If we do that, we can save lives and become heroes.”

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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

CYCLING
· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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