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5000 running enthusiasts from across the country compete at the 5th edition of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon

Bhubaneswar, January 19, 2020

~ Samsad Ara Begum and Shankarman Thapa win women’s and men’s half marathon ~

~ Record participation of 1439 runners in the 21-km category ~

~ Winners claim total cash award of Rs 8.64 lakh ~

The 5th edition of the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon (TSBHM), organised in association with the Sports and Youth Services Department of Government of Odisha, was held here today with Ms Samsad Ara Begum from Khurda, Odisha (timing 01:23:40) and Mr Shankarman Thapa from Shillong, Meghalaya (timing 01:06:59) declared winners in the women’s and men’s half marathon categories respectively.

TSBHM 2020 included three competitive races: 21-km (Half Marathon) for women and men of 18 years and above, 10 km for women and men of 15 years and above and 5 km for girls and boys between the ages of 12 to 16 years. A total prize money of Rs. 8.64 lakh was distributed to the top 5 winners in all three categories (for both genders), including Rs. 1 lakh each to the two winners of the 21-km half marathon.

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Mr Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister, Science & Technology, Public Enterprises, Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Government of Odisha, Mr Tusharkanti Behera, Minister, Electronics and Information Technology, Sports and Youth Services, Government of Odisha, Mr Ananta Narayan Jena, MLA, Bhubaneswar (Central), Dr Sandeep Tripathi, IFS, PCCF, Odisha, Mr Lalit Das, IPS, CMD, Odisha Police Housing Corporation, Mr Debidutta Biswal, IFS, Special Secretary, Forest & Environment Department, Government of Odisha, Miss Sagarika Nath, IPS, I/C DCP, Traffic, Police Commissionerate, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, Mr R R Satapathy, General Manager, Corporate Services, Tata Steel Kalinganagar, Mr Manikanta Naik, Chief Corporate Services, Tata Steel BSL, Mr Debashis Jena, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel and several senior officials of the company, along with noted actors Ms Archita Sahu and Mr Sabyasachi Mishra.

Congratulating the winners of TSBHM 2020, Mr Chankaya Chaudhary, Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel said, “It is a pleasure to have partnered with Govt of Odisha to bring another successful edition of Bhubaneswar half marathon for the sports enthusiasts of the state. This is also in line with our stated philosophy of promoting sports and cultural initiatives as a community outreach. Bhubaneswar is fast emerging as a sports destination in the country and we are happy with increasing registrations for the run particularly from participants from across the country. This also vindicates our efforts to establish TSBHM as an important event in the country’s running calendar.”

To ensure the safety and comfort of all runners, Tata Steel organised ambulances and water counters along the route. The Police Commissionerate Bhubaneswar-Cuttack played a significant role in traffic management. TSBHM 2020 deployed state of the art technology adhering to world-class standards consisting of timing mats and its control units, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, split timing mats on route, tracking camera and wi-fi network. TSBHM 2020 was held at the Kalinga Sports Complex, Bhubaneswar. All participants were given branded T-Shirts for participating in the race.

The Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon is an annual race held at Bhubaneswar in January to commemorate the National Youth Day and provide a common platform to promote health and active lifestyles.

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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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