Sachin’s bat to go under auctioneer’s hammer

Mumbai: Memorabilia belonging to 25 top sportspersons from India and overseas, including tennis star Roger Federer, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and chess ace Viswanathan Anand, will go under the auctioneer’s hammer here on October 29.

Six of the precious memorabilia, including the gold medal won by Anand after beating Vladimir Kramnik in a World Championship match in Bonn in 2008, the bat used by Tendulkar when he scored an unbeaten 163 against New Zealand in a one-day international in Christchurch last year, Federer signed tennis shoes (donated by Globosports), were unveiled at a function here on Thursday.

Tennis racquets used by Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi to win the mixed doubles Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon (2010) and Australia (2009) respectively are also a part of ‘Equation 2010 - An Auction for Equality’, conducted by actor Rahul Bose’s NGO ‘The Foundation’.

The proceeds of the auction will go towards the corpus of the Foundation, which is dedicated to creating a world without discrimination, it was announced here on Thursday.

“‘Equation’ started off as a dream and only began to become a reality when Sachin Tendulkar and Viswanathan Anand donated some of the most prized memorabilia in world sport today. ‘The Foundation’ needs a corpus to ramp up the work it is doing, to the next level.

“‘Equation’ provides that opportunity in an unforgettable way during an evening enshrining the finest moments of Indian sport and the highest values its champions display brings back a little bit of quality and sanity into our lives,” Bose told reporters here.