Japan Racing Association donates to Covid-19 efforts

The JRA says it remains committed to wider society.
The JRA says it remains committed to wider society.

The JRA has donated funds to support the Osaka prefecture’s efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Japan.- The Japan Racing Association (JRA) has donated JPY200 million (US$1.9 million) to support medical and related personnel in Osaka’s fight against Covid-19.

The JRA said it would donate JPY5 billion (US$47.4 million) from Takarazuka Kinen Race (GI) sales on June 28 to support for measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19. The association also donated JPY500 million (US$4.7 million) to the Japan Student Services Organisation.

Osaka governor Hirofumi Yoshimura welcomed the donation. He said in a statement: “Thank you very much for such a generous donation. This was possible thanks to the many fans of horse races run by Japan Racing Association”.

He added: “We must defeat COVID-19 and continue with social activities. I hope to take positive action and get back to the normal, lively Osaka.”

JRA Director Sadao Yokota expressed the association’s commitment to wider society. He said: “The JRA’s fundamental policy is to exist ‘with society’ and part of that is to contribute to society through holding horse races. We hope the donation will be useful.”

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