Kento Momota recognized for his contribution to COVID-19 Response

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Kento Momota steps up to help fight coronavirus in Japan. (photo: screenshot from P&G video)
Kento Momota steps up to help fight coronavirus in Japan. (photo: screenshot from P&G video)

New York: World No. 1 men’s singles Kento Momota of Japan was one of the four athletes featured in a Proctor and Gamble (P&G) video that showed how he set an example of donating 10% of the total prize money he won in 2019 towards frontline workers in Tokyo who were putting their lives on the line to help others during the coronavirus outbreak.

“This is about so much more than just sport. This is our world,” said Momota.

The video also showed Kim Daybell, a junior doctor and also a British para ping pong player who won a silver medal at the 2018 Goal Coast Commonwealth Games – Men’s singles TT6-10 event, in which he was working relentlessly to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.

In addition to Momota and Daybell’s efforts in helping to fight coronavirus, the video also made statements in support of racial equality. Simone Manuel – a USA swimmer who won golds in the 2016 Rio Olympics’ 100m freestyle and 4×100 m medley, and Pamphinette Buisa – a Canadian rugby sevens player who won gold at the 2019 Pan American Games as a member of the Canada women’s national rugby sevens team, discussed about the actions they took to stand up against racial injustices.

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