The Indian badminton team that made history by winning the coveted Thomas Cup, had four star commuters employed by Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the country’s biggest oil company, said on Thursday.
May 15, 2022 proved to be a momentous day for Indian badminton, as the national team made history by winning the coveted Thomas Cup for the first time by defeating 14-time champions Indonesia by a 3-0 margin in the final.
”India’s leaders in the 2022 edition of the Thomas Cup were IndianOil’s leading badminton stars – four in all – Ace in singles and 2021 World Championships bronze medalist Lakshya Sen, the dangerous doubles duo and the 2019 Thailand Open (Super 500) champions, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and the rising doubles player, MR Arjun, bronze medalist at the 2020 Asian Team Championships” , the company said in a statement.
The team is coached by fellow IndianOil star and 2001 All England winner, Pullela Gopichand, who is assisted by national coach and former doubles ace Arun Vishnu.
Also part of the Indian team are former IndianOil Sports scholarship holders Priyanshu Rajawat and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala.
In the opening singles match of the all-important final against Indonesia, IOC player Lakshya Sen scored a stunning win to put India ahead. Chirag and Satwiksairaj then took center stage and won a biting thriller in three hard-fought games to give India a formidable two-nil lead. After that, former IOC member K Srikanth put the problem beyond Indonesia by winning in consecutive matches.
Congratulating the winners, IOC President Shrikant Madhav Vaidya said, “IndianOil commuters have made history, and this is a very proud moment for the entire IndianOil family. As IndianOil prepares to usher in a new era of progress as the “Power of India”, we are also determined to expand our sporting footprint across the country. And success stories like these will reinforce our goal of going the extra mile to nurture the country’s budding sports stars.”
This phenomenal performance by the IOC shuttles reflects the company’s continued focus on fostering sporting excellence across the country, the company said, adding that it has always recognized sport as the cornerstone of progress. healthy.
And as a social enterprise, the company has been at the forefront when it comes to developing sports talent and strengthening the sports infrastructure in the country.
The IOC recognized many budding sports stars, believed in their potential and supported their dream of bringing laurels to the nation. Many of these players have become household names today including Pulela Gopichand, Rohit Sharma, Cheteswar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal, the Olympic medal winning trio of Dilpreet Singh, Hardik Singh and Simranjeet Singh.
Moreover, the IOC is the only Indian company to boast of having a fully-fledged women’s hockey team.
“IndianOil’s sporting forays are guided by an all-encompassing sporting policy which aims to reshape sporting culture in India and establish the nation as a sporting powerhouse in multiple disciplines. IndianOil’s sporting activities span cricket, hockey, badminton, tennis, table tennis, golf, billiards/snooker, athletics, chess, carrom, archery and shooting,” the statement read.
To cater to the varied needs of its sports talent pool, the IOC has a dedicated sports cell that includes former sports people who will nurture and support IndianOil’s budding sports talents and guide them to the pinnacle of success.
The company’s outstanding sporting contributions were recognized at the highest level when it was awarded the prestigious “Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar 2021”.
The President of India presented the special award to Vaidya. The IOC also received the “Sportstar Aces Award 2022” in the “Best Corporate/PSU” category for promoting sport.
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