Kazuchika Okaka, New Japan Pro Wrestling’s 5-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion has announced a personal contribution of 5 million Yen to the Nippon Foundation’s special coronavirus relief fund. The contribution will be used to support doctors, nurses, and volunteers combating the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.
In August of 2014 Okada established the “Rainmaker Kikin” (“Rainmaker Fund”), to battle children’s cancer after his uncle and cousin had both been diagnosed. For every match Okada wins, he donates ¥30,000 (the equivalent of US$277.20) to the fund.
Kazuchika Okada’s statement:
‘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.’
The news of Okada’s donation comes on the heels of NJPW postponing their upcoming Wrestle Dynasty event until 20201. It was scheduled to take place at the legendary Madison Square Garden arena in New York City on August 22.
The last time NJPW held an event at MSG was in April 2019 for the G1 Supercard where Kazuchika Okada defeated Jay White to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event.
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