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Kazuchika Okada announces donation to coronavirus relief efforts


NJPW star Kazuchika Okada is helping out with coronavirus relief efforts in Japan.

NJPW announced today that Okada has elected to donate five million yen -- which currently converts to $46,935 in US dollars -- to the Nippon Foundation's special coronavirus relief fund. NJPW wrote that the donation will support doctors, nurses, and volunteers who are working on the front lines combating the coronavirus in Japan.

Okada issued a statement about the donation:

I’m always grateful for NJPW fans’ support, and it’s my hope that I can get back to hearing the cheers of sold out crowds as soon as possible.

It’s usually me receiving the support and power of the people, but now I feel it’s my turn to lend support to medical staff fighting this disease. 

I hope fans continue to stay home and stay healthy, so that we can return to the ring as soon as possible.

NJPW announced earlier this week that they've canceled this year's Best of the Super Juniors tour, which was set to take place from May 12 to June 6. The coronavirus pandemic has also forced NJPW to postpone Wrestle Dynasty at Madison Square Garden to 2021.

In NJPW's statement announcing the cancellation of the Best of the Super Juniors tour, the promotion wrote that they're "continuing to explore the possibility of presenting matches without fans in attendance if staff and wrestler health and safety can be protected to the highest possible standard."