JSW has earlier in the year inducted 28 athletes in its sports excellence program, basis an exhaustive selection criteria which involved monitoring potential talent over series of tournaments and feedback from experts of respective disciplines. The Sports Excellence Program (SEP) will focus on the following 5 high potential sports: Athletics, Swimming, Boxing, Wrestling and Judo. JSW intends to continuingly identify young talented athletes who will be supported, nurtured and groomed to excel at the world stage through the auspices of this program in the future.
The current break up of athletes per sport is as follows:
Parth Jindal, JSW Group, said, “We believe Indian athletes have tremendous underlying potential, which can only be tapped to the fullest by providing them with world-class training and also by giving them the opportunity to train with best-in-class consultants from around the world,.” He added “Our ultimate aim is to create a talent pool which will bring glory to the country. As a passionate sports lover, it gave me immense pride when sporting greats such as Abhinav Bindra and Sushil Kumar brought laurels to the country. Through this initiative, we want to nurture talent which is capable of bringing the same joy and satisfaction at every Commonwealth Games and perhaps at the Olympics in the future.”
Siddhanth Thingalaya, currently training with JSW for Athletics, said “This is a great opportunity for people like us. It is encouraging to know that such comprehensive initiatives are being introduced to nurture sporting talent and we are sure that this will lead to the emergence of more world class sports persons in India. JSW has the betterment of Indian Sports at heart and I am confident that this association will go a long way in helping sports flourish and India regain its lost fame on the world stage.”
A sample of the kind of training that JSW is imparting is evident where ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth and Asian games later this year, the Judoka’s have just returned from Georgia after their preparations under the watchful eye of experts. Few of the athletes have also concluded part of their training in the United States Olympic Training Center, Los Angeles under world renowned coaches Darrell Smith & Jamie Nieto.
|List of key athletes qualified for the Commonwealth Games|
|1||Siddhanth Thingalaya||23||110m Hurdles||M||Current National Record Holder at 13.65 secs|
|2||Avtar Singh||22||Judo||M||Current National Champion, Gold Medalist, 2014 Lusofone Games, Goa|
|3||Garima Chaudhary||24||Judo||F||Gold medalist,2010 Commonwealth Championship|
|4||Shushila Devi||19||Judo||F||Bronze Medalist, 2013 Junior Asian Championship|
|5||Sunibala Devi||24||Judo||F||Bronze Medalist, 2013 Grand Prix, Tashkent|
|6||Amit Kumar||20||Wrestling||M||Silver Medalist, 2013 World Wrestling Championships, Budapest|
|7||Bajrang||20||Wrestling||M||Bronze Medalist, 2013 World Wrestling Championships, Budapest|
|8||Pawan Kumar||20||Wrestling||M||Gold Medalist, 2013 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg|
|9||Babita Kumari||24||Wrestling||F||Bronze Medalist, 2012 Wrestling World Cup, Canada|
|10||Vinesh||19||Wrestling||F||Gold Medalist, 2014 Junior Asian Championships|
|11||Sakshi Malik||21||Wrestling||F||Gold Medalist, 2014 Dave Schultz Championships, Colorado Springs|
|12||Navjot Kaur||24||Wrestling||F||Bronze Medalist, 2013 Asian Championships, Delhi|
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