Corporate Games held in India for first time

The Best Team Award went to Siri Fort members: (L to R) Sanjay Sharma, Director, Corporate Games Delhi 2012, Shri Shekhar Dutt, Governor of Chattisgarh, Jaspal S.Kharbanda (Golf), Capt Krishan Sharma, (Running/Golf), Dr Alkesh Choudhary (Golf), Ritu Dhawan (Running), Amita Jalta (Golf), Sangeeta Chopra (Golf), Vandana Gupta (Running), Pavi Singh (Golf), Gunjan Bijlani (Golf), Deepak Dhawan (Running) and Pali Singh (Tennis)

NEW DELHI: Corporate Games, a multi-sport festival held annually in many countries, has now come to India. Athletes competed representing their companies. The Games offered the widest range of team building activities, and facilitating options.

The India Corporate Games were held in Delhi at Siri Fort Complex from February 9 to 12. The organizers provided the logistics, the equipment, the facilitators, scorekeeping system and medals for the winners.

The games were inaugurated by Chief Guest K.P Singh Deo, former Cabinet Minister. Hundreds of spectators were already seated awaiting marching-in of athletes. An army band from Gorkha Regiment was in attendance.

Corporates/Companies/Organizations with 247 sports persons participated in the 2012 Delhi Corporate Games in 10 disciplines namely Athletics, Badminton, Billiards, Cricket, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Golf and Squash.

The players were divided in different pools and they played on league basis. Winners and runners-up of each pool were taken to play the semi-finals and at the end there was final match where the best displayed their sporting skills.

Cricket was the most popular game. It included nine teams and matches were keenly contested with the final played between ONGC and HDFC Bank. ONGC won the final with a convincing margin.

In the Golf tournament, men and women participated to play nine hole golf course. This too was keenly contested with Jaspal Kharbanda creating history by scoring a hole-in one. Matches in badminton, table tennis and tennis also had tough competitions.

In running, women ran 1 km in different age category while men ran 2km. Two participating men were above the age of 60.

Medal winners from different sports and games were invited to a special podium created for medal distribution and were given medals by different dignitaries. Medal distribution was adequately photographed and copies were sent to the players.

Games Director O.P. Bhatia presented ‘Sport For Life’ award to Punj Llyod company which had sent 55 sports persons. He also gave away Trophies and Medals for categories in Division-1, Division-2, Division-3 and Division-4.

The best team award went to the Siri Fort members teams with a tally of nine medals.

Mr Bhatia expressed gratitude to Mr. Ben Sedgemore, Richard Curzon, Fanny Marcout and Adrian from World Corporate Games Community, “who constantly helped and guided us from time to time to plan and organize the Corporate Games in Delhi in the same pattern and style as is being done world over for the last two and half decades.”

The Closing Ceremony was presided over by Chief Guest, Governor of Chattisgarh Shekhar Dutt and Susmita Shekhar, Secretary General of PHD Chamber of Commerce.

Bhatia thanked the Delhi Development Authority, Siri Fort Sports complex and all the volunteers and staff of Corporate Games for their tireless efforts in making the games a success.

The TCS team had a word of praise for the Games event, saying “Though we lost in the Semi-Finals to ONGC, we had a wonderful time out there. We hope to be a part of this wonderful event ahead as well.”

Mr. Jannat Wadhwa, Team Leader of HDFC bank said, “Great Games. Look forward to join the next edition of Corporate Games.”

Rosy Lohani
India Post News Service

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