Bollywood glitterati played with gusto in a charity football
event to raise funds for cancer patients on Tuesday in Pune.
Several actors including Salman Khan, his brother Sohail
Khan, comedian and Member of Parliament
Govinda and newcomer Ranbir Kapoor donned dark blue football jerseys to
showcase their football skills against a Pune XI in a tournament organised by
the 'Abhijit Kadam Memorial Foundation' to raise funds for cancer patients.
Cheers rent the air as the actors manoeuvered the ball
across the field in an exciting match.
"I am not concerned with who and how many goals are
scored. My focus is on the ultimate purpose of the game for a social cause and
by the grace of God, it will benefit the needy," said Govinda.
By the first half, the match tally was 3-3.
"Six goals have been scored in the first half, three
from their side and three from our side and the goals were beautiful,"
said Salman Khan.
The actors won the match with the scoreline reading 9-5.
Action-hero Suniel Shetty, who was present at the event but
did not play because of a bad knee said: "This is for charity and a great
cause, so, it's a great reason to be here."
Cancer is a global challenge, leading to casualties all
around the world.
Worldwide, approximately 11 million new cases of cancer are
diagnosed every year and around seven million people die of the dreaded
Common forms of cancer afflicting people are lung cancer,
throat cancer and blood cancer, while breast cancer is the most common form of
cancer among women.
Some of the major reasons for cancer are the intake of
tobacco, pan masala, alcohol along with environment pollution and a sedentary
life style etc.
An estimated 700,000 new cancer cases are reported in
India annually and over 350,000 people die of it every year.