Mumbai: Beijing Olympic Games gold medallist
Abhinav Bindra and nine other top Indian medal hopes are part
of the Samsung Sports Ratna programme launched to help
them in their training and preparations for the upcoming Asian
Games in Guangzhou, China.
The other top shooters in the scholarship support
programme are Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Gagan Narang and Ranjan
Sodhi while boxing hopefuls Vijender Singh, Akhil Kumar, Nano
Singh Thakchom and Mayengbam Suranjoy Singh along with
grapplers Sushil Kumar and Ramesh Kumar complete the list.
Samsung`s support was in line with its `Olympic Ratna
Programme` for the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing
Olympic Games, wherein it had supported top ranking athletes
across individual sports disciplines with their training
expenses while preparing for these multi-discipline events,
a media release said.
Bindra has been a `Samsung Olympic Ratna` at the Athens
as well as the Beijing Games and his association continues
into the `Sports Ratna Programme` for the 16th Asian Games,
the release said.
Samsung India is also the "Official Partner" for the
Indian contingent at the November 12-27 sports extravaganza.
Samsung`s president and CEO for South West Asia, J S
Shin, said that boosted by the success of the programme for
the 2008 Olympics, the companay had brought in more sports
persons under the programme.
"Encouraged by the success of our `Olympic Ratna Program`
at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this year we have
increased the number of athletes being supported for the Asian
Games to 10 sportspersons," Shin said after launching the
Lauding Samsung`s continued support and commitment to the
Asian Games and Olympic programmes, Indian Olympic Association
chief Suresh Kalmadi hoped that it will translate into results
with a richer medal tally at Guangzhou.
"I hope that the `Samsung Scholarship` for individual
players and the Company`s support to the Indian Olympic
Association for the entire team will yield strong and positive
results resulting in a richer medal tally for the country," he
Olympic Council of India`s Secretary General Randhir
Singh also appreciated the initiative taken by the company in
supporting the training of the athletes and its commitment to
strengthening the global sports movement by supporting global
sporting events like the Asian Games and the Olympics.