The 3rd edition of Times of India Global Sports Show brought together titans of the ecosystem
The Times of India group, a forerunner of change and a torchbearer of economic progress concluded the third edition of The Times of India Global Sports Show (GSS) 2018 at NESCO, Mumbai. The show began with a powerful address by Neeraj Bajaj, Arjuna Awardee and Promoter – Bajaj Group.
The exhibition cum conference focused on harnessing potential talent, mechanics for success to empower The Khelo India Movement, building sports champions with the Make in India movement, Innovation at Inception, unlocking the potential of Indian Athletes and creating a roadmap for sporting success. Moving on to a panel discussion on the Khelo India Movement: Mechanics for success: Mr. Mohit Burman, Board of Director, Dabur said, “Barring cricket, there are hardly any sports that inspire the youth of India. Starting sports leagues will not solve the problem of infrastructure and increased participation in the sports industry. We need to go beyond leagues and provide a motivational factor to the youth of the nation.”
Mr. Jayen Mehta, Senior General Manager, Planning & Marketing, Amul, among other prominent speakers and advisors said, “Along with the need to recognize the sports league, the sheer focus is also on the nutritional diet. Amul being the number one manufacturer of milk products, we look forward to make the necessary nutrition accessible to the public.”
Commenting on the young athletes and the present scenario Abhinav Bindra, Former Indian Olympic Shooter said “Young athletes nowadays are much more aspirational and have more exposure to the sports sector. They have the right guidance to help them fulfill their dreams. During my time, I was not a natural athlete, I was a reluctant sportsperson. The ability to adapt to the surrounding environment and let my body takeover, while striking the right balance between sports and educational life is what paved the way to my dreams. The approach and the values is what made me who I am today.”
Deepak Sawant, Health Minister, Government of Maharashtra commented on the event, saying, “With the growing sports scenario and various industries joining hands, there is a balance in the economy of the nation. I am glad to be a part of The Times of India Global Sports Shown since it is a wonderful concept to encourage and promote sports.”
Sharing his thoughts on the current sports ecosystem Mr. Jatin Paranjape, National Selector – BCCI, Former Indian Cricketer, Founder – Khelo More, said,” The youth of the country is the biggest asset and it is truly a proud moment to see the nations flag fly high every time in joy. As enablers, each one of us must work towards developing a professional sports ecosystem and make adequate resources available for the sports person.”
Italian Olympic Shooter and 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist, Mr. Niccolo Campriani said, “For every sports person out there, I would recommend to have a balanced life. As they say “The more you train, the better you become”. However, the goal here isn’t to become better, it is to know your weakness, accept it and work towards achieving a better control over it.”
Commenting on the CSR perspective, and the corporate connect with sport, Olympic medalist Karnam Malleswari said, “The Times of India Global Sports Show is very good for updating your knowledge, sharing your experiences and building your network. This is a great platform for sharing your views on sports science, development, method training and gives a chance for corporates to imitate CSR funding and empower youth to build their career in the respective sports field.”
Mr. Rohan Bopanna, Indian Tennis Player, said “As compared to European and other markets, Indian sports market still needs to make a lot more advancements. We still need to work on enhancing the infrastructure and providing better academic exposure for training the young talent from tier 2 and tier 3 cities. However, compared to previous so many years, India has made tremendous progress. India has started inviting expert coaches from overall world to guide the youth towards the right path.”
Commenting on the Indian sports industry and its growth, Mr. Joshey John, Director, ITW Consulting, said “India is growing at a faster pace than any other country. Sports as an industry has grown by 14.2% and by 2022, it aims to generate 4 million plus jobs. 74 % of the sports sponsorship goes to cricket and other 26% goes to the other sectors so there is a lot of scope for sports industry to expand within the country.” India is progressing in sports and we now have unheard talent and unrecognized sports also garnering mileage at the same time. 10 years earlier, Kabaddi was only in the hinterlands of the country and today we have stars in Kabaddi. It is just necessary to find the right talent and incentivize them. As they say catch them young and watch them grow. Commenting on developing sports standards in schools and colleges, Mr. Kamaljit Talukdar, ACS, Deputy Secretary, Sports & Youth Welfare Department and Joint Director, Sports & Youth Welfare Assam, said “The Government encourages the opening up of new sports wings and strengthening the existing ones in order to create ideal feeding centres. Talented and budding sports persons will be spotted and groomed in sports academies and sports training centres to
showcase their inherent talent in national and international competitions. The Sports and Youth Welfare Department will aim to provide necessary budgetary support for all-round promotion of school sports.”
Setting the tone for the day Deepak Lamba, President –Times Strategic Solutions said, “With an aim to build a sustainable ecosystem, future ready talent and enhance the potential growth of the nation, we believe this show will extend support to the right sectors to revitalize and reinvent the culture of sports.”
About GSS 2018: The Times of India Global Sports Show (GSS) is a platform that will bring together top corporates, leading stakeholders, policy makers, international sports brands, leagues, sports management companies and everybody who is a part of the sports business value chain under one roof to help India realize the dream of becoming a truly international sporting nation with world class infrastructure. This initiative will accentuate the government’s vision to create a sustainable sporting ecosystem in India through infrastructure development, attracting investments in the sports sector and also position India as a sports destination in overseas markets. About ET Edge: Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences, summits and focused exhibitions. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create a social and business environment conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through exhibitions, summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, roundtables, case studies and more.