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Inaugural Tata Steel Sport Climbing Championship 2019 draws to a close

Jamshedpur, December 24, 2019

~ First competition in India to follow the Combined format (lead, speed & bouldering), a format to feature in Olympics 2020 ~

~ Closing ceremony graced by VPCS, Tata Steel and TSAF Mentor Ms. Bachendri Pal ~

~ One-of-its-kind talent discovery and mentoring platform for sport climbing ~

~ A springboard for India’s aspirations for 2024 Olympics ~

The inaugural edition of ‘Tata Steel Sport Climbing Championship 2019’, a three-day (Dec 21-23, 2019) open competition for young climbers between the age group of 6 and 16 and organised by Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF), concluded on December 23, 2019.

The championship become the first such competition in India to follow the Combined format (lead, speed & bouldering) which will be used in Olympics 2020. The competition also included the speed relay team event.

A total of 154 young and aspiring champions, including the current national champions, took part in the three-day event held in the city of Jamshedpur. The championship witnessed participants from around 12 states including Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi. Players form Jharkhand & Maharashtra dominated the competition with a tally of 14 medals out of 18 medals in the individual performance events.

The prize distribution ceremony, organised at the championship venue - JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur, was graced with the presence of Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, VP, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, and Ms. Bachendri Pal, India’s ace veteran climber and TSAF’s Mentor.

Congratulating all the winners and the participants, Mr. Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, and Chief Guest of the event:We are glad to see some amazing young talent perform at the successful inaugural edition of the championship. Tata Steel will continue to invest in the future of sport climbing in India by supporting domestic talent hunts such as this one. As a major benefactor of sports in India, we will strive for excellence in our quest to identify and groom the best talent to represent India in the 2024 Olympics.”

Ms Bachendri Pal, TSAF’s Mentor, said: “I am delighted to see so many young champions waiting to make a name for themselves in climbing. Over the last few decades I have been involved in this sport, I have seen a consistent rise in people's interest in climbing both as a hobby and professional sport. I am also excited about the prospect of spotting the members of the Indian climbing contingent for 2024 Olympics through this championship. My best wishes to all the participants and the winners.”

TSAF plans to make this championship the flagship annual climbing event in India that will introduce this new and emerging international sporting event to the Indian youth and help identify and groom potential talent to represent India in the 2024 Olympics. This annual sporting event is also a new platform to involve the community at large and facilitate a wide adoption of climbing in India and create a network of institutions and stakeholders to increase the reach of the sport.

Climbing is now an Olympics event and has been included in Tokyo Olympics 2020 for the first time. Climbing is now becoming an urban sport and is getting popular with schools and even defence forces setting-up climbing walls. More than 25 million people in the world regularly try climbing as a sport. Tokyo, Germany and France have more than 500 climbing gyms while India alone has around 100 good climbing walls accessible to kids and the general public.

The Tata Group through TSAF and Tata Trusts has been a pioneer in developing sport climbing in India. The first wall at Indian Mountaineering Foundation was sponsored by Tata Steel in 1994 & named as ‘JRD Tata Wall’. The two climbing world cups, hosted in India, were organised by a private club and sponsored by Tata Trusts. The Tata Steel Adventure Foundation Climbing Centre was set up in 2014 and has since developed into one of the best available facilities in India to promote the sport and nurture young talent. TSAF has also been supporting many under-privileged children by providing training, nutrition, lodging and education.

Recently, Tata Steel Adventure Foundation’s (TSAF) cadet Anisha Verma (15) from Jamshedpur became the first female climber from East Zone (Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha) to win a medal at the Asian Youth Championship. Anisha won a silver medal in speed climbing at the championship, organised by International Federation of Sport Climbing and Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), in Bengaluru from December 11-15, 2019.

Winners List

 

Rank

Name

State

Kids Girls:

1st

Inika Prakash Abhale

Jharkhand

1st

Soumya Joshi

Maharashtra

3rd

Sharayu Ghongde

Maharashtra

 

 

Kids Boys:

1st

Harpreet Singh Yadav

Jharkhand

2nd

Dhanush J

Karnataka

3rd

Shoolin Rakesh Neve

Maharashtra

Sub Junior Girls:

1st

Jonga Purti

Jharkhand

2nd

Diksha Bodke

Maharashtra

3rd

Vidula Prakash Abhale

Jharkhand

Sub Junior Boys:

1st

Suraj Singh Thakur

Jharkhand

2nd

Abhishek Rawat

Jharkhand

2nd

Rahul Vishwakarma

Maharashtra

Junior Girls:

1st

Anisha Verma

Jharkhand

2nd

Pushpa Singh

Jharkhand

3rd

Pratibha T M

Karnataka

Junior Boys:

1st

Ajay Deep Singh

J&K

2nd

Sachin Saroj

Delhi

3rd

Aman Verma

Jharkhand

 

Rank

Name

 Speed Relay:

1st

Shivani Charak

1st

Inder Singh

1st

Bhuvnesh Choudhari

2nd

Gaurav Negi

2nd

Dinesh

2nd

Jonga Purti

3rd

Aman Verma

3rd

Anisha Verma

3rd

Suraj Singh Thakur

 

About Tata Steel
Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 33 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $22.67 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2019. In 2018, Tata Steel acquired Bhushan Steel Ltd (now renamed as Tata Steel BSL Ltd).

A Great Place to Work-Certified organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel retained the ‘Global Steel Industry Leader’ position in the DJSI 2018. 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 has won several awards including the Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant – a first in India, Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, ‘GreenPro’ certification for products (Tata Pravesh Steel Doors, Tata Structura, Tata Pipes) by CII, Authorized Economic Operator  (AEO) status (Tier 2) by the Directorate of International Customs (Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India), ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018), Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management (2018) and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2019) by CNBC TV18. The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the eight time (2019), Steel Sustainability Champion (2018) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2019), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2018), ‘Best Companies To Work For’ recognition by Business Today, 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.

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