Tata Steel has been recognised as the Best Organisation Contributing in Sports through CSR at the FICCI India Sports Awards 2020. The India Sports Awards ceremony took place on a virtual platform during TURF 2020 - 10th Global Sports Summit on December 8, 2020. Tata Steel Vice President Corporate Services Mr Chanakya Chaudhary received the award on behalf of the company.
Sports have been integral to Tata Steel’s philosophy of nation building. It was a tradition started by the Company’s first Chairman, Sir Dorabji Tata, who financed India’s first Olympic team to Antwerp in Belgium in 1920. In India, Tata Steel spearheads the corporate promotion of sports through its relentless and constant encouragement to professional sportspersons, amateurs, and its own employees to pursue sports and excel.
Tata Steel established the Jamshedpur Athletic Club in 1927 and started sports competitions for working men, women and their children. The company set up the Tata Youth Adventure Centre, known today as Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, in 1984. Three years later in 1987, the Company launched the Tata Football Academy followed by the establishment of Tata Archery Academy in 1996. Indian athletics too received a boost when Tata Steel unveiled the Tata Athletics Academy in 2004. In 2017, Tata Steel for the first time stepped into commercial side of sports when it started Jamshedpur Football Club, which competes in India’s premier football league ISL, a promising platform for budding football talent to compete with international and national athletes. The same year saw the emergence of Naval Tata Hockey Academy. Besides these Academies, Tata Steel has also established training centres for 18 sports disciplines including Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Chess, Football, Golf, Handball, Horse Riding, Karate, Kabaddi, Roll Ball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.
Six years ago, Tata Steel started the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K, a 25-km run that has a social cause at its heart of supporting the Tata Medical Centre, a cancer hospital in Kolkata. Tata Steel has also organised running events annually in Jamshedpur and Noamundi in Jharkhand and Bhubaneswar and Angul in Odisha.
Over the years, the efforts by Tata Steel have produced athletes who have been recognised with the highest honour in the country. So far, Tata Steel has earned 1 Padma Bhushan, 11 Padma Shrees, 1 Khel Ratna, 1 Dhyan Chand, 6 Dronacharya and 42 Arjuna awardees.