As India is facing the challenge against the novel Coronavirus pandemic, many sportspersons from the country have come forward with a helping hand, assisting in raising funds for the battle against COVID-19, and also aiding the needy and underprivileged of the society, who are suffering the most in the current nationwide lock down. However, India’s latest help in the crisis comes from abroad. Meet Dmitrii Baskov, a tennis player from Moldovan, who is now hailed as an ‘Indian hero’ for helping out the poor in the state of Gujarat!
Dmitrii Baskov flew to India in January to visit a tennis academy in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is now struck here away from his country, as the COVID-19 lock down effectively cancelled all international flights.
However, the 25 year old, who hails from the Moldovan city of Chișinău, has utilised his time in India with a noble cause. Baskov has joined a campaign in Ahmedabad, which is providing food packages for the underprivileged in the city, who are unable to gather ration amidst the lock down.
Speaking to AFP, Baskov told that the initiative was taken by his friend Pramesh Modi.
“One hundred, 200, 300 packets and then we realised we are doing some great stuff. It is not a daily desire or action, it is now a natural act of helping. I am a sportsman and nothing more than that but the desire to help is always with me.” Baskov, a two time Davis Cup champion added.
A total of 275,000 food packages and more than 700 ration kits have been provided to the poors of Ahmedabad.
The Moldovan was addressed as a ‘hero’ by his friend Pramesh Modi’s wife Ami Modi, and one of his associates in the campaign, Mitul Parikh.
“He is passionate and particular with what he is doing. Since the time he got to know of this act, he has joined us and is a hero,” Mrs Modi told AFP.
“He is an Indian hero and could be a role model for a number of Indians who have not come out of their houses to even help out in one way or the other,” said Parikh, who is a volunteer at the Ace Tennis Academy.
Baskov’s career highest ATP singles ranking is 1,702 and his doubles ranking is 1,372, the latter which he achieved back in December 2019.
The player has a 5-3 win-loss record in Davis Cup, with all of his victories achieved at the 2017 Davis Cup Europe Zone Group III in Sozopol, Bulgaria in April 2017.
Till date, Gujarat has seen more than 5,804 positive Coronavirus cases, and 319 patients have succumbed to the virus.