India's first outdoor live event amid the Coronavirus outbreak

India's first outdoor live event amid the Coronavirus outbreak

The stage is set for India's first live sports event after the complete shutdown imposed on March 25.

The event is wholly a charity function to raise funds for COVID-19, in which the legendary former Indian cricketers Kapil Dev and Murali Kartik will be seeing tee-off at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC), along with professional golfers Shubhankar Sharma and Gaganjeet Bhullar on July 11.

This charity golf event, in partnership with Magic Bus, aims to raise at least Rs 1 Core to support the COVID-19 relief efforts of Magic Bus India. The game will be played over 18 holes at the newly renovated DGC following the government guidelines. It will also feature a set of on-course challenges to raise additional charitable funds.

The team of Dev and Bhullar will be up against former cricketer Kartik and 2018 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner and 2018 European Tour Rookie of the Year, Sharma.

The Professional Golfers Tour of India (PGTI), (country’s premier professional golf tour), has decided to support the charity match to be played on July 11. The Golf Industry Association (GIA), India’s largest representative body of companies for golfing equipment and infrastructure space, and the Golf Course Superintendents and Managers Association of India (GCSMAI) have pledged their support to the event as well.

"When the country is facing such challenges, it is our duty to do whatever little we can to help," said Kapil. "It is a great initiative and as a sportsman, it also gives me the added thrill of competing with the best pro players in the country."

"This event will not only contribute to the amazing COVID-19 relief efforts but also set an example for conducting similar events in other sports events in India and bring some attention to the healing power of sport,” PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy said.