New Delhi [India], July 23: The Adani Group has become an official partner of the Indian Olympic Contingent at the Tokyo Olympics, which begins on July 23, 2021, with the express purpose of supporting India’s athletic environment and establishing a brighter future for the athletes.
The Indian delegation to the Tokyo Olympics comprises 119 competitors from throughout the country, the greatest number of athletes from any Olympic games to date.
The Adani Group’s view that corporate support for the nation’s athletic environment will develop a better and stronger sporting future is reflected in the Olympic collaboration.
The Adani group announced its ‘Garv Hai‘ project in 2019, a long-term incubation programme to identify and nurture India’s future athletic champions. After completing a four-year trial study before the Rio Olympics in 2015, the Adani Group launched the programme.
Athletes with a lot of potential were chosen for the Garv Hai programme. Boxers Shiva Thapa, Mandeep Jangra, and Pinki Rani shot-putter Inderjeet Singh, race walker Khushbir Kaur, long-distance runner Sanjeevani Jadhav, and shooter Malaika Goel have all been funded by the Adani Group in the past.
The Garv Hai programme cultivated ten junior and nine senior athletes, seven of whom qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Each of the seven Garv Hai athletes has a remarkable narrative of skill, tenacity, and hard work coming together to overcome obstacles, disappointments, and adversity.
“I am happy of these athletes who are representing our country on the world’s largest sports stage,” said Pranav Adani, MD, Agro, Oil, and Gas. They are already winners because of the daring, passion, and conviction they have shown in achieving this level of greatness. As a country, we are inspired by their courageous journeys. I wish them all the best, and no matter what happens, we will always be proud of them as a nation.”
The Group has now increased its commitment to the country’s sports potential by becoming the Indian Olympic Association’s official partner and the Indian contingent at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
About the Olympians in the Garv Hai initiative
Ankita Raina of Gujarat has been enthralled by tennis since she was five years old. She is now India’s number one tennis player. She became involved with the Adani Group in 2016.
Rani Rampal of Shahbad, Haryana, will lead India’s women’s hockey squad. Rani has shattered all boundaries that have kept women out of athletics via her tenacity and dedication.
The family of Arjun Awardee pugilist Amit Panghal embodies the late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s rallying cry, “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan.” His older brother serves in the Indian Army, and his father works in agriculture, while Panghal represents the country’s boxing prowess. Amit is 52 kg in weight. He took silver at the World Boxing Championships in 2019, gold at the Asian Championships in 2019, and silver at the Asian Championships in 2021.
KT Irfan, a racewalker from Kerala, has qualified to represent India at the Tokyo Olympics. At the 2017 Asian Racewalking Championships, KT Irfan took home a bronze medal.
Deepak Punia, an Indian Army Naib Subedar, is a well-known freestyle wrestler. He is 86 kg in weight. He won a silver medal at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships and a gold medal at the World Junior Wrestling Championships.
India’s finest javelin thrower, Shivpal Singh, feels optimistic about his chances at the Tokyo Olympics. At the 2019 World Military Games, he earned a gold medal and a silver medal at the Asian Athletics Championships.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya, a freestyle wrestler, is presently ranked third globally in the 57 kg weight category. In 2019, he earned a bronze medal at the World Championships, and in 2019 and 2021, he won two gold medals in the Asian Championships.