Kazuchika Okada is donating money to help with coronavirus relief efforts.
The former IWGP Heavyweight Champion announced that he is donating five million Yen, which converts to roughly $47,000, to the Nippon Foundation’s special Coronavirus relief fund. Okada's contribution will support doctors, nurses and volunteers working in the front lines combating the coronavirus in Japan.
Okada posted the following statement in regards to his 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 has not been running events for months and recently announced that it is not only announcing it has canceled the annual Best of Super Juniors tournament, scheduled to run between May 12 and June 6, but also postponed the upcoming Wrestle Dynasty event taking place at Madison Square Garden from August 2020 to an unspecified date in 2021.
NJPW also recently announced that it is considering putting on matches without fans in attendance.