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Tata Steel proudly congratulates Shri Dharmendra Tiwary for winning the prestigious Dronacharya Award 2020 for Archery-Lifetime

Mumbai, August 29, 2020

~ Celebrates National Sports Day with an homage to Sir Dorabji Tata and Hockey Legend Dhyan Chand for their contributions to Sports ~

Shri Dharmendra Tiwary, today, has been conferred the prestigious Dronacharya Award 2020 by the Hon’ble President of India for his contributions to Archery-Lifetime. Shri Dharmendra Tiwary, Chief Coach, has been associated with TAA since its inception in 1996. Tata Archery Academy (TAA) is extremely proud to add yet another feather in its cap and the entire Tata Steel family congratulates him on this great feat.

Tata Steel celebrated the National Sports Day by reaffirming its commitment to Sports and honouring the sports legends of the country. The Company remembered the visionary Sir Dorabji Tata and honoured country’s hockey legend, Major Dhyan Chand, for their unparalleled contributions to the Indian sports. India celebrates National Sports Day on the birth anniversary of hockey star Major Dhyan Chand, who won three gold medals in Olympics for India in 1928, 1932, and 1936. Sir Dorabji Tata was the first president of the Indian Olympic Committee and financed India’s very first contingent to participate in the world’s biggest sporting event - Olympic Games in 1920.

Speaking on the occasion, Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, said, “Today is a proud day for each one of us at Tata Steel and Jamshedpur. We are delighted that Shri Dharmendra Tiwary has been awarded the prestigious Dronacharya Award 2020 for Archery. We thank him for his contributions and congratulate him for bringing glory to Tata Archery Academy, Jamshedpur. It is an honour to have him guide our young sportspersons and lead them to become world-class archers.”

“Sports is an integral part of Tata Steel’s cultural fabric. We will continue to strive to take forward the legacy of Sir Dorabji Tata to encourage Sports. In this spirit, we at Tata Steel celebrate the National Sports Day and reaffirm our commitment to Sports”, he further added.

To mark the occasion, a panel discussion including panelists - Gurbux Singh, Hockey Olympian, Ashok Kumar, Hockey Olympian and son of Major Dhyan Chand, Dr. Vece Paes, Hockey Olympian, Dilip Tirkey, Hockey Olympian and Ex- Indian Team Captain, Farzan Heerjee, Chief Protocol & Sports, Tata Steel and Indian Golf Union, Council Member, Leander Paes, Tennis Legend and eight times Olympian, was held to commemorate the greatest hockey legends. The panelists discussed their sports journey, challenges and contribution of Sir Dorabji Tata in paving the way for India’s sporting journey.

The Sports Division of Tata Steel conducted various virtual sports activities ranging from Fun Sports and Health Awareness, workshops, followed with a webinar for TT players, Handball players and coaches, Yoga Competition, online chess, plank competition, and Karate championship among others. These activities were organised from August 13-28. The entire series saw participation from more than 500 sportspersons and coaches. A webinar with former cricket legends was also conducted on Aug 27 that saw participation of Arun Lal, Saba Karim, Rajesh Chauhan and Maninder Singh as Panelists.

Sports has always been a prominent aspect of Tata Steel’s culture across generations. Right from Sir Dorabji Tata personally sponsoring the Indian Sports team to the Antwerp and Paris Olympics to building numerous institutions like, the Willingdon Sports Club, the Parsi Gymkhana, the High Schools Athletic Association or the Bombay Presidency Olympic Games Association, it was Sir Dorabji’s love and passion for sports that has uplifted numerous sportsperson in the country to achieve their full potential. The zeal of Sir Dorabji Tata for sports has been kept alive even during the current pandemic by Tata Steel through various sports activities and related efforts. Tata Steel will continue to uphold and celebrate his legacy and further his vision. Tata Steel has won 2 Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Awards and has produced 1 Padma Bhushan, 11 Padma Shri, 1 Khel Ratna, 1 Dhyanchand Lifetime Achievement, 6 Dronacharya and 41 Arjuna awardees in the field of sports.

About Shri Dharmendra Tiwary

During his role as Chief Coach at TAA, he has coached and guided various TAA teams at different international tournaments and has been instrumental in honing the skill of several world-class archers.

The following Archers, under his coaching and guidance, brought laurels to the Tata Archery Academy.

Arjuna Awardees

  • Jayanta Talukdar
  • Rahul Banerjee
  • Deepika Kumari
  • Dola Banerjee
  • Chekrovolu Swuro
  • Atanu Das

Padma Shri Awardee

  • Deepika Kumari

Some statistics related to his contributions

Participation in Olympic Games 7
World Championship Medals 4
Asian Games Medals 3
Asian Championship Medals 7
Commonwealth Games Medals 7
Youth World Championship Medals 14
International Medals 300+
National Medals 1000+

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 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 $19.7 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2020.

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 was recognised as DJSI steel sector leader in 2018 and has ranked fourth in the steel sector in 2019. Besides being a member of the worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant - a first in India, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, received the ‘Honourable Mention’ at the National CSR Awards 2019, Steel Sustainability Champion 2019 by worldsteel, CII Greenco Star Performer Award 2019, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2020 from Ethisphere Institute, and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) by CNBC TV-18, among several others.

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