Olympic champion offers gold medal to healthcare workers

Carolina Marin of Spain hits a shot during the Women's Singles semi-finals match at the 2018 Badminton World Championships (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Carolina Marin of Spain hits a shot during the Women's Singles semi-finals match at the 2018 Badminton World Championships (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Spain's Carolina Marin salutes the real heroes of COVID-19 battle 

During a recent video call to healthcare workers helping the fight against COVID-19 at Sanitas Cima Hospital in Barcelona and and Virgen del Mar Hospital in Madrid, Olympic champion Carolina Marin has made the ultimate gesture.

The Spanish native offered all her medals - including her Rio 2016 gold and three World Championships titles - to show her appreciation for all the medical frontliners fighting pandemic in Spain.

“I offered all my medals to them as they are the real heroes. They deserve every applause and accolade,” she told the Indian Express.

Taking time from her busy schedule, the badminton star interacted with frontline workers telling them “next to you, I’m nothing”.

“I just wanted to thank them. They did an incredible job and I’d like to thank the frontline fighters who risk their lives every day and continue to serve people like us," she said.

“This pandemic is unprecedented, yet we have so many inspirational stories that only make me want to give back. Taking to the court and playing to win will be a way to pay gratitude to these warriors.”

Carolina Marin of Spain celebrates match point against V. Sindhu Pusarla of India during the Women's Singles Gold Medal Match on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Carolina Marin of Spain celebrates match point against V. Sindhu Pusarla of India during the Women's Singles Gold Medal Match on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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Marin, who turned 27-years-old last month, is now back training after spending the lockdown in her hometown Huelva with her mother.

After suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury last year, Marin has her sights set of becoming a back-to-back Olympic champion.

Speaking with Times of India, she was asked about the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: "It has been a difficult time for me both physically and mentally but the fact of having more time to prepare for the Games is a good thing for me and my team and I will go for Olympic gold at Tokyo 2021."