While the Reliance Industries-Athletics Federation of India partnership aims to facilitate holistic growth of athletics in India, there will be 'a special focus on girls,’ Nita M. Ambani, IOC Member, and Director of RIL, said.
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on July 14 announced a long-term partnership to enable the holistic growth of athletics in India.
Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of RIL, has been a dedicated partner to AFI over the years, and now the partnership is set to deepen the engagement between the two organisations.
The partnership aims to discover, nurture and develop Indian athletes from across the country and provide them with world-class facilities, coaching and sports science and medicine support by leveraging the Reliance Foundation ecosystem, including the Odisha Reliance Foundation Athletics High-Performance Center and Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, the company said in a press release.
RIL said, "In line with the larger vision of the organisation, this partnership will have a special focus on girl athletes and aim to bridge the gender divide and enable them to achieve their dreams."
As AFI’s principal partner, the Reliance brand will appear on the national team’s jerseys and training kits at key national, international competitions and training camps, it added.
Nita M. Ambani, IOC Member, and Director of RIL said, "We are delighted to expand Reliance Foundation’s partnership with the Athletics Federation of India.
"Athletics is one of the most popular disciplines in global sport, and this association aims to accelerate the growth of Indian athletics by providing opportunities and world-class facilities to our young talent, with a special focus on girls," Ambani said.
"With access to the right infrastructure, training, and support, I’m sure we will see many more of our young athletes on victory stands around the world! This partnership is also an important step towards our dream of strengthening the Olympic Movement in India," she added.
Adille Sumariwalla, President of the Athletics Federation of India, said they are thankful to Nita Ambani and Reliance Industries, with whom AFI has been working closely over the last few years, for their support as principal partner.
"We have seen our athletics contingent grow at international events, and with a committed partner in Reliance Industries, we are very sure that, soon, we will see an increase in participation and international success across multiple disciplines. The partnership will focus on holistic development, building a strong talent pool and potential medal winners who will make India proud in the years to come," Sumariwalla added.
Since 2017, Reliance Foundation has invested in the development of athletics through the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports program, reaching more than 5,500 educational institutes in 50+ districts across the country.
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