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Transforming India Through Sports, The Times of India Global

The Times of India group, a harbinger of change and a torchbearer of economic progress, commenced the second edition of The Times of India Global Sports Business Show (GSBS) 2017, an initiative by ET Edge, at NESCO, Mumbai. The show began with a powerful address by Yashodhara Raje Scindia, State Youth Welfare and Sports Minister Madhya Pradesh, among other bureaucrats, policy makers and stakeholders. The day focussed on enabling the Indian Olympics vision and the intent to build a bright future for the sports fraternity and fitness enthusiasts in India.

Sharing her thoughts on the current scenario, Yashodhara Raje Scindia said, “Developed countries take sport seriously because it is an expression of status, developed and a progressive society, stemming from the essential buildi ng block of self-worth.”

Setting the tone for the day Deepak Lamba, President – Times Strategic Solutions, said, ” Last year we set up GSBS to accentuate government’s vision to create a sustainable sporting ecosystem in India. Riding on last year’s success we are here again focussing on sports infrastructure, sports CSR, sports science, sports culture etc. Hope this show reaps the most beneficial results for all the participants.”

The platform aimed on building a sports and fitness business ecosystem brings together top corporates, leading stakeholders, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, policy makers, sports leagues, sports management companies and industry stakeholders under one roof. This landmark exhibition spread over 6000+ square had an all-encompassing exhibitor category featuring national and international brands, focused conferences, B2B meets, allied activities, international and national buyers and hands-on workshops.

On creating a comprehensive plan for the forth coming Olympics, Mr. Om Pathak, Member of Olympic Task Force, said, “Sports Task Force was set up to understand why India has not done as well as the potential it has and what is it that we need to do going forward. The mandate included creating robust infrastructure, providing training and selection of athletes.”

Some other major discussions at the event were in science, technology and nutrition, which went on to be a great talk session by Heena Sidhu, Indian Sports Shooter, where she shared her journey and perspective of sports in India. She quoted, “Sport is cutting edge science in today’s world and we are miles behind than most of the nations around the world. We need to stop depending on government for everything or every issue; we can tap into private organizations. Not only it will create thousands of jobs but also give right guidance to the untapped pool of talent.”

Present at the occasion Somdev Devvarman – Former Indian Tennis Player – said, “Building a champion doesn’t happen overnight, we need to start building culture from a school level. If sports is made mandatory in school since early childhood, the children of our country will blossom in life. Creating culture of sports is the first step towards building a stronger base. We can’t be waiting every four years to realize the worth we have in Olympics, we have to encourage our people everyday, it’s not about only winning it’s about playing and true sportsmanship. It is imperative to reinvent culture through creating awareness of sports not just to win medals but for a healthier and happy nation.”

Other prominent speakers present at the event were, Nasser Hussain, Rugby India, Dr. Malav Shroff, General Secretary, Olympians Association of India, Upendra Jain- IPS, Ajay Jayaram, Indian Badminton Player, Jayen Mehta, Sr GM- Planning & Marketing, Amul, Rajesh Kharbanda- MD, Freewill Sports, Nivia, Deepthi Bopaiah, Executive Director, GoSports Foundation, Venkat Rolla, Head – Corporate Social Responsibility at Omkar Foundation, Vibhuti Jha, Principal, Ashcroft Sullivan Jha, Dr.Nitiin Chaawla Sr. Medical Officer, ONGC, and Mr. Anil Kumar – Founder & MD Great Sports Infra.

TOI concludes its landmark sports summit – GSBS 2017

The day three of the mega event, The Times of India Global Sports Business Summit (GSBS), was addressed by Dr. B Ashok, IAS, secretary department of Sports & Youth affairs, among other experts, bureaucrats and policy makers. The day focused on sports science, its role in Paralymics and schools, sport nutrition and mental training.

Calling India a natural sporting nation Dr. B. Ashok said, “India has a wealth of knowledge in managing sporting performance. Every state in India will have to work on identifying challenges and bridging the gap. Currently only Cricket and Football are two major sports being encouraged and getting attention in India.”

The last day of GSBS brought together a diverse range of medical experts in a panel discussion on the role of sports science- from grassroots to Olympics. Describing the role of a sports physio Dr. Zeinia Somar, Sports, Physio, Olympic Gold Quest said, “If you are a sports physio, you need to play multiple role, a psychologist, a nutritionist and a supporter.” She added, “A good athlete has a team of doctor, nutritionist, psychologist, and physiotherapist and it acts as a strength to an athlete’s performance.”

Specialist in sports medicine, Dr. Anup Krishnan, reiterated the importance of time, patience, money and experts, in making of a champion. In a presentation on India’s Paralympic Moment, Madhavi Latha, President-Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, encouraged everyone to participate in sports. She said, “Sports science has now given everyone an opportunity despite disability.”

Talking about inculcating sports at school level, Lt. Gen Manvender Singh, Founder of Director Sportseed PRO said, “The opportunity and facilities to pursue sports given at a school level makes a huge difference in a child’s life. Sports builds a social attitude, healthy discipline and cultivates fitness habits.”


He also spoke about the alarming effects that technology has on kids making them low on self-esteem, grounding them indoors and leading to obesity and unhealthy lifestyle.


The session then proceeded to a panel discussion on sports nutrition and mental training in sports, where the panellists threw light on the need of proper nutrients for athletes right from childhood to give them a healthy start.

In a panel discussion on convergence of the old with the new, using data to optimize training and techniques and enhance performance John Gloster, Head of Sports Science, GoSports Foundation quoted, ” It’s extremely important to listen to your athlete with the help of regular data stored as it helps them measure performance, understand progress and to work the gaps. Robot management for athletes is very essential as it is not possible to manage every athlete individually.”


Later, Dr. Nikhil Latey physiotherapist and sports scientist, Sportsmed presented a CSE study on techniques and postures for shooter and how sports science can be applied to amateur sports and bring in a change in India’s representation in Tokyo 2020.

In the concluding session, Lokek Suji, Director, E Sports Federation showed the audience a glimpse of e-sports. He said, ‘E-sports is probably the most naturally relevant sport to today’s generation’. He shared , that countries and universities are now recognising e-sports as an upcoming field and Asia is the biggest market for sports.”


The main purpose of the exhibition cum conference was to catalyse business and create awareness about sports and products used in sports like sportswear, sports accessories, sports goods etc. as well as sports nutrition and wellness technique. This landmark exhibition features 5000+ national and international sports products spread over 6000+ square metres of exhibition space, with an expected audience of 8000+ trade visitors and sports enthusiasts set to visit this mega exhibition spread over the course of 3 days. With an all-encompassing exhibitor category featuring National & international brands, 5 tactically focused conferences, strategically aligned B2B meets, 50+ hosted international and national buyers and hands-on workshops, GSBS represents a stellar convergence of the sports business ecosystem like no other. Moreover, the exhibition also boasts a strong government connection with support from 5 State Partners plus the presence of a Taiwanese Country Pavilion, making GSBS an unparalleled platform for everyone who wants to delve deeper into the sports ecosystem.

Models of GSBS 2017

New business models of textile value chain discussed at the GSBS 2017

The largest convergence of the sporting industry in India, The Times Of India Global Sports Business Show 2017 on its 2nd day focused on ISPO academy and the textile value chain.

The Chief Guest of the day, Mr. J M Balamurugan, IAS, Secretary – Sports and Youth Services, Government of Punjab addressed the state of sports in the country. Laying emphasis on the growth in this segment, he said, “Given that we are a country of 1.3 billion people, there is a huge scope for sports revolution. The solution to improve is complex, multi-dimensional, multi-pronged yet possible. The efforts need to begin at the base level; at schools. Another factor that needs emphasis is financial security for the sportsperson, we need to create gainful employment for them post retirement.”

Talking about the sustainability development goals 2030 and their implementation with the textile value chain, Mr. Reiner Hengstmann, Go4More, Stuttgart, Germany highlighted the 17 goals structured by the UN. Mr. Hengstmann added, “Sustainability and business must work hand in hand. It’s the need of the hour that companies and brands look for sustainable solutions and for consumers to be more aware about what and how of the making of the product. We need to move from linear business model to circular model where the motto is make-take-recycle.”

Addressing the options and risks of digitalization for the textile industry, Mr. Anton Schuman, Ghezri Textile Organization, Zurich, Switzerland, said, “Traditional value chain is changing due to digitalization; the driver being the consumer; digitalization has enabled the industry to create realities that were unthinkable at some point. He advised the delegates to innovate, adapt digitalization, change the point of view and do it with passion and write history.”

Present at the show Yavuz Mogul- Verwegener & Trefflich, Leipzig, Germany, said, sustainability is the biggest challenge in sport business and the ways to tackle are communicate, educate, be transparent and digitalize. Sharing his plans for Andhra Pradesh, Dr. N Bangara Raju stated that he wants to make 60% of Andhra Pradesh’s people sports active by the year 2029.

Navdeep Sondhi, Gherzi Textile Organization, shared, according to a survey the global textile, apparel consumption was 90 million tons in 2016. The future of textile apparel consumption market will be India and China due to rapid growth in disposable income and younger population. In a fire chat session Harit Mehta, MD, Haren Textiles, discussed the challenges that Indian companies faces , the need for digitization and working with the supply chain.

The evening saw some interesting presentations and case studies by Linz, Austria, Sanjay Kumar and ended by session by Robert Schroots, S2R, and Geneva Switzerland.

Growth imperatives, sustainability, digitization, new business models of textile value chain at the Global Sports Business Show 2017

Mumbai: The largest convergence of the sporting industry in India, The Times Of India Global Sports Business Show 2017 on its 2nd day focused on ISPO academy and the textile value chain.

The Chief Guest of the day, Mr. J M Balamurugan, IAS, Secretary – Sports and Youth Services, Government of Punjab addressed the state of sports in the country. Laying emphasis on the growth in this segment, he said, “Given that we are a country of 1.3 billion people, there is a huge scope for sports revolution. The solution to improve is complex, multi-dimensional, multi-pronged yet possible. The efforts need to begin at the base level; at schools. Another factor that needs emphasis is financial security for the sportsperson, we need to create gainful employment for them post retirement.”

Talking about the sustainability development goals 2030 and their implementation with the textile value chain, Mr. Reiner Hengstmann, Go4More, Stuttgart, Germany highlighted the 17 goals structured by the UN. Mr. Hengstmann added, “Sustainability and business must work hand in hand. It’s the need of the hour that companies and brands look for sustainable solutions and for consumers to be more aware about what and how of the making of the product. We need to move from linear business model to circular model where the motto is make-take-recycle.”

Addressing the options and risks of digitalization for the textile industry, Mr. Anton Schuman, Ghezri Textile Organization, Zurich, Switzerland, said, “Traditional value chain is changing due to digitalization; the driver being the consumer; digitalization has enabled the industry to create realities that were unthinkable at some point. He advised the delegates to innovate, adapt digitalization, change the point of view and do it with passion and write history.”

Present at the show Yavuz Mogul- Verwegener & Trefflich, Leipzig, Germany, said, sustainability is the biggest challenge in sport business and the ways to tackle are communicate, educate, be transparent and digitalize. Sharing his plans for Andhra Pradesh, Dr. N Bangara Raju stated that he wants to make 60% of Andhra Pradesh’s people sports active by the year 2029.

Navdeep Sondhi, Gherzi Textile Organization, shared, according to a survey the global textile, apparel consumption was 90 million tons in 2016. The future of textile apparel consumption market will be India and China due to rapid growth in disposable income and younger population. In a fire chat session Harit Mehta, MD, Haren Textiles, discussed the challenges that Indian companies faces , the need for digitization and working with the supply chain.

The evening saw some interesting presentations and case studies by Linz, Austria, Sanjay Kumar and ended by session by Robert Schroots, S2R, and Geneva Switzerland.

“Sports teaches life skills, unity, good health”, JM Balamuruganat Global Sports Business Show 2017

Mumbai: Day 2 of India’s largest sports show, The Times of India Global Sports Business Show 2017 started with an address by Mr. J M Balamurugan, IAS, Secretary – Sports and Youth Services, Government of Punjab. In his address he paved the way to come together and accelerate the growth of sports development in India. The key, he said, is to create a sports culture.

Talking about the importance of sports, he said, “Sports teaches life skills, unity, good health and is also an equalizer in the socio-economic space of an individual.”

Laying emphasis on the growth in this segment, he said, “Given that we are a country of 1.3 billion people, there is a huge scope for sports revolution. The solution to improve is complex, multi-dimensional, multi-pronged; yet possible. The efforts need to begin at the base level, at schools. Teachers and parents need to be made aware of the importance of sports for the children. Another factor that needs emphasis is financial security for the sportsperson, we need to create gainful employment for them post retirement. The industry can be given a huge boost by corporates who can sponsor talent and IT sector who can communicate their story and achievements.”

Mr.Balamurugan has been associated in taking revolutionary steps in the State of Punjab at the community level. Working with the Panchayats and other communities, the state has opened grounds for children to play and explore their sports streak. The State has also made sports & PTE a compulsory subject in schools.

Through his participation in the show Mr. Balamurugan requested stakeholders and other policy makers to encourage sports in India and make it even more recognisable on the international platform. This exhibition spread over 6000+ square had an all-encompassing exhibitor category featuring National & international brands, focused conferences, B2B meets, allied activities, international and national buyers and hands-on workshops, which followed later in the day.

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“Sports is the expression of status, developed and a progressive society”- Yashodhara Raje Scindia, at ET Global Sports Business Show 2017

Mumbai: State youth welfare and sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia, inaugurated the ET Global Sports Business Show 2017 today at NESCO, Mumbai. In her powerful opening address she pressed on transforming India through sports.

Highlights:

  • Developed countries takes sports seriously because it is an expression of their status, developed and a progressive society stemming from the essential building block if self worth
  • In life there is no feeling as satisfying as an accomplishment or victory on the sports platform
  • As the minister sports I thought not only we should be exclusive and start up academies we should also be inclusive and broadband our activities
  • When I first started I realised that our state associations which should be working with the sports department, wasn’t happening. We put together academies. We have 18 academies across the state, started in 2006-07. These academies are coach centric; we do not interfere with any coach who is looking after a vertical. These are academies being entirely run by coaches, running like a boarding school. As the result in 10 yearsof forming these academies we gave 7 children to the women’s hockey team for Rio Olympic. The men’s academy won the Jawaharlal Nehru Championship Hockey
  • We should set up these academies with one performa, that no political interference
  • Now we are broad banding to rural areas with Pykka, which was actually born in MP. We cater to children coming from the rural villages and believe this is where our Punji (wealth) is
  •  Transforming India through sports that what we believe in!
  • On Indian Sports industry not contributing directly to the economy, Mr. Scindia said, “Unless you build a full ecosystem no vertical is going to help the other. So today if you build a proper sports ecosystem then you have those 100 of little things that helps sports to be where they are, be it the football manufacturer, be it the apparel maker, school or private school. Unless you put that ecosystem together you won’t be special economic help from sports.”
  • Highlighting the initiatives undertaken by the government, she said- “I found that there was a lack of initiatives that the government could take because in the end, I am of the firm belief that we are the ones who have the human resource rather than the private foundation. Across the board if you want huge bandwidth of sports talent it will be the government of the states that will give you that wealth of talent. Therefore it very important to set up academies that could be academies of excellence, which are coach driven. We listen what the coach tells us.”
  • How can the government and industry sector work together to elevate the sports industry- “We are not being able to finance all the kids so we as the industry to contribute to meet those wills.”
  • How can we use technology for sports- “we realise besides the coach coaching you there are cutting edge technology in that particular discipline and therefore its important to measure your body weight and fat etc”
  • I want to replicate GSBS in Bhopal
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“Transforming India through sports”, Global Sports Business Show 2017

The Times of India group, a harbinger of change and a torchbearer of economic progress commenced the second edition of The Times of India Global Sports Business Show (GSBS) 2017 yesterday at NESCO, Mumbai. The show began with a powerful address by Yashodhara Raje Scindia, State youth welfare and sports minister Madhya Pradesh,  among other bureaucrats, policy makers and stakeholders. The day focused on enabling the Indian Olympics vision and the intent to build a bright future for the sports fraternity and fitness enthusiasts in India.

Sharing her thoughts on the current scenario Yashodhara Raje Scindiasaid,” Developed countries take sport seriously because it is an expression of status, developed and a progressive society, stemming from the essential building block of self worth.”

Setting the tone for the day Deepak Lamba, President -Times Strategic Solutions, said,Last year we set up GSBS to accentuate government’s vision to create a sustainable sporting eco system in India. Riding on last year’s success we are here again focusing on sports infrastructure, sports CSR, Sports Science, sports culture etc. Hope this show reaps the most beneficial results for all the participants.”

he platform aimed on building a sports & fitness business ecosystem bringing together top corporates, leading stakeholders, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, policy makers, sports leagues, sports management companies and industry stakeholders under one roof. This landmark exhibition spread over 6000+ square had an all-encompassing exhibitor category featuring National & international brands, focused conferences, B2B meets, allied activities, international and national buyers and hands-on workshops.

On creating a comprehensive plan for the fore coming Olympics, Mr. Om Pathak, Member of Olympic Task Force, said“Sports Task Force was set up to understand why India has not done as well as the potential it has and what is it that we need to do going forward. The mandate included creating robust infrastructure, providing training and selection of athletes.”

Some other major discussions at the event were in science, technology & nutrition, which went on to be a great talk session by Heena Sidhu, Indian Sports Shooter, where she shared her journey and perspective of sports in India. She quoted, “Sport is cutting edge science in today’s world and we are miles behind than most of the nations around the world. We need to stop depending on government for everything or every issue; we can tap into private organizations. Not only it will create thousands of jobs but also give right guidance to the untapped pool of talent.”

Present at the occasion Somdev Devvarman- Former Indian Tennis Player said, “Building a champion doesn’t happen overnight, we need to start building culture from a school level. If sportsis made mandatory in school since early childhood, the children of our country will blossom in life. Creating culture of sports is the first step towards building a stronger base. We can’t be waiting every four years to realize the worth we have in Olympics, we have to encourage our people everyday, it’s not about only winning it’s about playing and true sportsmanship. It is imperative to reinvent culture through creating awareness of sports not just to win medals but for a healthier and happy nation.” 

Other prominent speakers present at the event were, Nasser Hussain, Rugby India, Dr. Malav Shroff, Genral Secretary, Olympians Association of India,Upendra Jain- IPS, Ajay Jayaram, Indian Badminton Player, Jayen Mehta, Sr GM- Planning & Marketing, Amul, Rajesh Kharbanda- MD, Freewill Sports, Nivia, Deepthi Bopaiah, Executive Director, GoSports Foundation, Venkat Rolla, Head – Corporate Social Responsibility at Omkar Foundation, Vibhuti Jha, Principal, Ashcroft Sullivan Jha, Other prominent speakers present at the event were, Nasser Hussain, Rugby India, Dr. Malav Shroff, Genral Secretary, Olympians Association of India,Upendra Jain- IPS, Ajay Jayaram, Indian Badminton Player, Jayen Mehta, Sr GM- Planning & Marketing, Amul, Rajesh Kharbanda- MD, Freewill Sports, Nivia, Deepthi Bopaiah, Executive Director, GoSports Foundation, Venkat Rolla, Head – Corporate Social Responsibility at Omkar Foundation, Vibhuti Jha, Principal, Ashcroft Sullivan Jha, Dr.NitiinChaawla Sr  Medical Officer, ONGC and Mr. Anil Kumar- Founder &MD Great Sports Infra.

 

Transforming India through sports .

“Transforming India through sports”, Global Sports Business Show 2017

The Times of India group, a harbinger of change and a torchbearer of economic progress commenced the second edition of The Times of India Global Sports Business Show (GSBS) 2017 yesterday at NESCO, Mumbai. The show began with a powerful address by Yashodhara Raje Scindia, State youth welfare and sports minister Madhya Pradesh, among other bureaucrats, policy makers and stakeholders. The day focused on enabling the Indian Olympics vision and the intent to build a bright future for the sports fraternity and fitness enthusiasts in India.

Sharing her thoughts on the current scenario Yashodhara Raje Scindiasaid,” Developed countries take sport seriously because it is an expression of status, developed and a progressive society, stemming from the essential building block of self worth.”

Setting the tone for the day Deepak Lamba, President -Times Strategic Solutions, said,Last year we set up GSBS to accentuate government’s vision to create a sustainable sporting eco system in India. Riding on last year’s success we are here again focusing on sports infrastructure, sports CSR, Sports Science, sports culture etc. Hope this show reaps the most beneficial results for all the participants.”

 The platform aimed on building a sports & fitness business ecosystem bringing together top corporates, leading stakeholders, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, policy makers, sports leagues, sports management companies and industry stakeholders under one roof. This landmark exhibition spread over 6000+ square had an all-encompassing exhibitor category featuring National & international brands, focused conferences, B2B meets, allied activities, international and national buyers and hands-on workshops.
 On creating a comprehensive plan for the fore coming Olympics, Mr. Om Pathak, Member of Olympic Task Force, said“Sports Task Force was set up to understand why India has not done as well as the potential it has and what is it that we need to do going forward. The mandate included creating robust infrastructure, providing training and selection of athletes.”
 Some other major discussions at the event were in science, technology & nutrition, which went on to be a great talk session by Heena Sidhu, Indian Sports Shooter,where she shared her journey and perspective of sports in India. She quoted, “Sport is cutting edge science in today’s world and we are miles behind than most of the nations around the world. We need to stop depending on government for everything or every issue; we can tap into private organizations. Not only it will create thousands of jobs but also give right guidance to the untapped pool of talent.”
 Present at the occasion Somdev Devvarman- Former Indian Tennis Player said, “Building a champion doesn’t happen overnight, we need to start building culture from a school level. If sportsis made mandatory in school since early childhood, the children of our country will blossom in life. Creating culture of sports is the first step towards building a stronger base. We can’t be waiting every four years to realize the worth we have in Olympics, we have to encourage our people everyday, it’s not about only winning it’s about playing and true sportsmanship. It is imperative to reinvent culture through creating awareness of sports not just to win medals but for a healthier and happy nation.”
 Other prominent speakers present at the event were, Nasser Hussain, Rugby India, Dr. Malav Shroff, Genral Secretary, Olympians Association of India,Upendra Jain- IPS, Ajay Jayaram, Indian Badminton Player, Jayen Mehta, Sr GM- Planning & Marketing, Amul, Rajesh Kharbanda- MD, Freewill Sports, Nivia, Deepthi Bopaiah, Executive Director, GoSports Foundation, Venkat Rolla, Head – Corporate Social Responsibility at Omkar Foundation, Vibhuti Jha, Principal, Ashcroft Sullivan Jha, Dr.NitiinChaawlaSr. Medical Officer, ONGC and Mr. Anil Kumar- Founder &MD Great Sports Infra.