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Tata Steel to host the Event "A Celebration of Sports" tomorrow to commemorate Sir Dorabji Tata's contribution to the field of sport

Jamshedpur, September 24, 2019

~Badminton Legend Pullela Gopichand in Conversation with Sports Writer Boria Majumdar~
~A treat for sports lovers to hear a Legend speak from personal experience about Leadership, Sports and Coaching~ 

Tata Steel is all set to host its annual event “A Celebration of Sports” on Wednesday September 25, 2019 to commemorate Sir Dorabji Tata’s immense contribution to the field of sports. This is an important in the Jamshedpur calendar for students and their parents, sportspersons and the larger community.

In addition to steering the Tata group as Chairman (1904 – 1932), Sir Dorabji Tata (1859 – 1932) also played an immensely significant role in the development of Sports in India as the Founding President of the Indian Olympic Association (1927). He was instrumental in India’s participation in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics and the 1924 Paris Olympics, personally taking care of some of the expenses for the Indian contingent.

This is the third edition of the “Celebration of Sports” event which will be held on September 25, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM at the Fasy Auditorium, Loyola School for students and parents as well as sportsmen and other interested members of the community. The internationally acclaimed badminton star, Mr. Pullela Gopichand will be in conversation with noted sports writer and historian Mr Boria Majumdar.

It is said that there are those who drive themselves to make their passion the reason for their success and there are those whose passion drives others to achieve success as well. Pullela Gopichand, former Indian badminton player, has achieved both. Gopichand not only brought laurels to the country, but also coached two of India’s Olympic medalist badminton players Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu.

He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001, becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone. Currently, he is the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team and runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy.

After winning his first National Badminton Championship title in 1996, Gopichand went on to win the title five times in a row, until 2000. He won two golds and one silver medal at the Indian National Games in 1998. In 1996, he won gold in the SAARC badminton tournament and defended the crown in the next games held at Colombo in 1997.

He received the Arjuna Award in 1999, the Dronacharya Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.

After retiring from his playing career, Pullela Gopichand founded the Gopichand Badminton Academy, which has produced several badminton players including Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Srikanth Kidambi, Arundhati Pantawane, Gurusai Datt and Arun Vishnu.

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” is open to students and citizens of Jamshedpur to come and experience a legend speak from personal experience about Leadership, Sports and Coaching, anchored by the unique conversationalist Boria Majumdar.  Invitations have also been sent to different schools so that students can avail of this unique opportunity.
Invitation cards for the event are available at JRD Tata Sports Complex, Corporate Communications Department at Armoury Road and Centre for Excellence. Seating will be on a first come first serve basis after the hall opens at 3:40 PM.

While the second edition of the event last year saw Hockey legends Zafar Iqbal and Ric Charlesworth, the year before India’s first Individual Olympic Gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and Ms. Karnam Malleswari, India's First Woman Olympic Winner came as speakers for the event. Both years the conversations were anchored by eminent sports journalist and author Mr. Boria Majumdar. While the event has grown from strength to strength with wide spread cheer from all sections of the community, the two earlier editions of the event were stellar occasions which gave those who attended a rare first-hand peek into the world of sports from the perspective of sports personalities who have been legends in the their respective fields.

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 (MnTPA). 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-CertifiedTM 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 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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