Jamshedpur: Tata Steel is organizing two events on Sunday (26th August) centered around sports to commemorate Sir Dorabji Tata’s 159th birth anniversary and his immense contribution to the field of sports.
The 2nd edition of “A Celebration of Sports,” is being hosted from 6.30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Fasy Auditorium, Loyola School. Two internationally acclaimed sporting legends and Olympic winners, Zafar Iqbal, Olympic Gold Medalist, Padma Shri, Arjuna Awardee and former captain of the Indian hockey team and Ric Charlesworth, Olympic Silver Medalist, former captain of the Australian Hockey team as well as a former first class cricketer for Western Australia will share their experiences and the future of sports in a conversation with eminent sports writer and historian Boria Majumdar. This event is open for the students and the citizens of Jamshedpur.
Tata Steel is also organizing an exhibition on “The Story of Indian Hockey” at the Centre for Excellence. The exhibition will be inaugurated on Sunday at 5.00 pm, and will be open for public from August 27 to September 1, 2018 between 10.30 am and 6.00 pm.
Focused on Indian hockey, the exhibition will include snippets from the 1920s, a decade when India won its first Olympic gold medal at the Amsterdam Games in 1928. Other artefacts that will form part of the exhibition include the Gold Medals won at Los Angeles and Berlin in 1932 and 1936. At Los Angeles, India beat USA 24-1, a record that still stands. In all, approximately 50-60 artefacts of historical importance will be exhibited.
Sir Dorabji Tata was the first Chairman of Tata Steel who brought to life the Steel Plant and the city of Jamshedpur based on the vision of Jamsetji Tata. He not only laid the physical foundation for Tata Steel but also infused the company with standards in corporate governance that were way ahead of its time.
A keen sportsman from his early years, Sir Dorabji Tata was the first President of the Indian Olympic Association. He steered India’s entry into the world of international sport by selecting and then financing four athletes and two wrestlers for the Antwerp Olympic Games in 1920, even before India had an Olympic body.
Sir Dorabji Tata also secured a place for India in the 1924 Olympics at Paris and was chosen to be a Member of the International Olympic Committee. India won its first Gold medal in Hockey at the very next Olympics in 1928 in Amsterdam.