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Jamshedpur, August 24, 2018

Tata Steel is all set to host its annual event “A Celebration of Sports” to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sir Dorabji Tata. The event will be held on August 26, 2018 at 6.30 pm at the Fasy Auditorium, Loyola School. It will feature a Panel discussion with Hockey legends Zafar Iqbal and Ric Charlesworth. The discussion will be moderated by Boria Majumdar.

Ever since he first donned the national colours against Holland in 1977, a game the team went on to win, Zafar Iqbal has made invaluable contribution to the Indian Hockey Team. He played at the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1978 and captained the team in New Delhi in 1982, winning the silver medal in both. The crowning glory of his illustrious career came in 1980 when he represented India at the Moscow Olympics and brought home gold. He won bronze for the country at the Champion’s Trophy in 1982 in Holland and won many other tournaments against Pakistan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, West Germany and other European nations. He also had the honour of carrying the Indian flag for the squad during the Opening Ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympics 1984.

His extraordinary game in the ‘left out’ position with the number 11 embossed on his jersey is a glorious part of the history of Indian Hockey. Since retiring from playing, he has immersed himself in coaching as the Chief National Coach, Head Coach and National Selector for the Indian hockey squad. Under his guidance, the team won silver at the Asian Games in Hiroshima in 1994.

Zafar is a strong proponent of hard work, team spirit, camaraderie and partnership among team members. He stresses on the need to adopt sports physiology and psychology in Indian sports administration. He has been widely and rightly acknowledged as the ‘Gentleman of Hockey’.

He has been conferred with the Arjuna Award, the highest award for sports in India, for his outstanding contribution to the Indian hockey. He was also awarded the “Padma Shri” for his invaluable contribution by the President of India in 2012.

Richard (Ric) Charlesworth is one of the best-known hockey players and coaches in Australian hockey. Widely regarded as one of Australian sport's greatest minds and one of its best coaches, he has shared his innovative coaching techniques with audiences across the world.

Ric has been former captain of the Australian Hockey Team, the West Australian State Hockey Team and State Cricket Team. He has been a mentor coach and a performance consultant.

As a hockey player, Ric played 227 times for Australia between 1972 and 1988. He was selected for 5 Olympics and 4 World Cups, winning an Olympic silver medal in 1976 and World Cup gold in 1986.

He coached the Australian Women's Hockey Team from 1993 until the Sydney 2000 Olympics. During this time, the team won the Champion's Trophy in 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999; the World Cup in 1994 and 1998; and won gold at the Atlanta Olympics (1996), the Sydney Olympics (2000) and the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Following this, Ric moved to India as Technical Advisor to Indian Hockey through 2008.

Towards the end of 2008, Ric was inducted into Hockey Australia’s Hall of Fame and became the Head Coach of the Australian Men's Hockey team, the Kookaburras. The very next year, the team won gold at the Champion's Trophy in Melbourne. They went on to win gold at the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi and gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Boria Majumdar, a Rhodes Scholar, completed his B.A. in History from Presidency College, Calcutta University in the year 1997. In 1999 he did his M.A. in Modern History from the same university and secured first position in the examination with record marks. He was awarded the Rhodes scholarship in 1999-2000 and went to St John’s College, Oxford University to do a D.Phil. on the Social History of Indian Cricket in October 2000. He was also the first Indian to be awarded a fellowship to work at the International Olympic museum archives in Lausanne, Switzerland. Currently he is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire.

The event “A celebration of Sports” invites citizens of Jamshedpur to come and hear the sporting legends. Invitations have also been sent to different schools so that students can avail of this unique opportunity.

About Tata Steel
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2018. It is the one of world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $20.41 billion (INR 133,016 crore) in FY18. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of nearly 74,000. Tata Steel retained Industry Leader position in FY18 and ranked second overall in the DJSI assessment, 2017. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel was felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2014-15 and 2015-16, Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2018) and ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018). The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the sixth time (2018), Steel Sustainability Champions (2017) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2017 & 2018), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2017) as well as 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.