Few weeks ago there were reports on Tata group ending their association with Archery association of India. This news came as a big surprise and lead me to research Tata groups contribution to Indian sports and the result was incredible.
Before the results (in infographic) are seen, it’s important to know the roots of Tata groups association with sports.
The Tata group has been committed to development of sports and promoting sportspersons for over three-quarters of a century. This has spawned academies for different sports, sponsorships of events and individuals, and support for numerous talented sportspeople.
Sport has always been an integral part of the Tata way of life. Jamsetji Tata, the group’s founder, was an enthusiast and patron of cricket and cricketers. Sir Dorab Tata, his son, was a Cambridge blue at cricket and a founding member of the Willingdon Club in Mumbai. Sir Dorab sponsored the Indian contingent for the Antwerp Olympics in 1920 and, as president of the Indian Olympic Council, financed the Indian squad that went to the Paris Olympics in 1924.
Naval Tata headed the Indian Hockey Federation during what has come to be known as the golden age of the game in the country. This was the period during which India won three successive Olympic gold medals, beginning with London in 1948. A passionate sports lover, Naval Tata also served on the International Hockey Federation and steered the All India Council for Sports during its infancy.
It was sporting allegiance to the cause of Indian sport that led to the setting up of the Tata Sports Club in 1937 to encourage sports and sportspeople within and outside the group. The club’s endeavours have been directed at spotting and then developing potential, at providing an early platform for those who deserve no less. (Content from tata.co.in)
The Tata sports legacy has transformed lives creating champions across sports, creating top class coaches and their commitment to partner with global sports has put India on the global sports map.
The infographic below shows how Tata group supports Indian sports.