Sahara India Pariwar felicitates the Indian Hockey Team for Qualifying for London Olympics Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara bestows cash award and gift to the team and support staff in a glittering ceremony at Sahara Shaher
BigNews.Biz - Mar 22,2012 - Sahara India Pariwar, a major business conglomerate and the prime promoter & patron of sports in India, which had earlier announced a cash incentive of Rs. 1.16 crore to players and support staff of The Indian Hockey Team, today felicitated the team and support staff of Indian Hockey Team by bestowing them with cash award for their brilliant performance in FIH Olympic qualifiers, thus cementing a berth in the London Olympics 2012. The players and support staff were honoured with the award and gifts by Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar in a glittering ceremony at Sahara Shaher Lucknow.
For their outstanding display, Shri Sardar Singh and Shri Sandeep Singh were awarded Rs. 11 lakhs each, while the rest of the team members along with the main coach were given Rs. 5 lakh each for their performance. The support staff also got an incentive of Rs. 1 lakh each. In addition to this, the taxes on the cash awards are borne by the company itself, making the total expenditure incurred by Sahara, to be in tune of Rs. 1.29 crore. Sahara India Pariwar has been the official sponsor of the Indian Men & Women’s National Teams (Senior and Junior) since 2003. It had recently, renewed its support to Indian Hockey by announcing to sponsor the Men & Women National and Junior Hockey Teams for a period of 5 years at a 170% increase over the past contract period.
Speaking on the occasion, Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar, said, "“We are delighted with the spirit and commitment that the Indian Hockey Team has shown in the recently conducted FIH Olympic qualifiers. They have made not only us but the entire nation proud. We applaud them for this truly stupendous effort and are highly obliged to honour them for keeping our tricolor held high. This reward is a small token of appreciation from us to encourage the sportsmen and the support staff to achieve greater success and bring laurels to our beloved nation.”
Mr. Narendra Batra, Secretary General, Hockey India, who was present for the ceremony said, “It is a matter of great pleasure that Sahara India Pariwar, who is also the sponsor of Men & Women National and Junior Hockey Teams, has felicitated the achievements of the Indian Hockey Team, including the support staff. I am sure this would encourage the sportsmen and the support staff to live upto the expectations of the entire nation and would inspire them to continue playing with the same commitment and zeal that they had displayed during the FIH Olympic qualifiers.”
Apart from being sponsor to the Indian Hockey Team, Sahara India Pariwar has played host to the Indian hockey team for their coaching camp for Champion’s Trophy – 2003 where boarding, lodging, practice camps and traveling of the entire team was taken care of. Sahara India Pariwar had also joined hands with Federation Internationale De Hockey (FIH) in 2004, the World’s apex Body