TOUGH SAILING
Members of the Land Rover BAR Academy hiking out at a sailing event in Los Cabos in Mexico. The academy supports talented British sailors in the 19-24 age category, with the aim of readying them for the America’s Cup, the holy grail of the sport.

Photographic vignettes from the sporting album of the Tata group and its companies

MOTORING MANIA

(Image on the left) British sports stars Zara Tindall (extreme right) and Lewis Moody (second from left) with athletes training for the 2017 edition of the Invictus Games, which has been supported by Jaguar Land Rover since its inception in 2014. Invictus is an international multi-sport event featuring wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and other veterans from different countries. The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy (extreme right below), the world’s first ‘production battery electric vehicle race series’, will feature 20 identical Jaguar cars in cities across the world when it kicks off later this year. Jaguar returned (extreme right above) to motor racing in October 2016, joining the all-electric FIA Formula E-street racing series, reinforcing the brand’s faith in electric vehicles.

KIDDING AROUND

Children at a summer football training camp held in August 2017 in Velsen-Zuid, a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. The camp is part of a programme supported by Tata Steel Europe, in partnership with local football club Telstar, and comes under the umbrella of its ‘future generations’ initiative. Tata Steel and Telstar jointly run ‘playing for success’, a project for kids with learning disabilities. The company also organises the Tata Kids of Steel Football events, which attract hundreds of children.

BODY AND MIND

Participants (left) get started at the Tata Steel Richard Burton 10k event, held annually in Port Talbot in Wales (UK). Now in its 35th year, the race takes its name from the late British actor Richard Burton, who hailed from nearby Pontrhydyfen. Nearly 2,000 runners took part in the Tata Steel-sponsored event in 2016, raising funds for local charities and community groups. Lucas van Foreest (right), a 17-year-old from the Netherlands, plays fellow International Master Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu, a 12-year-old from India, in the 2017 edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, held in the coastal village of Wijk aan Zee in Holland. Tata Steel Europe also hosts ‘chess on tour’ events across the country under its Tata Kids of Steel Chess initiative.

TEAMING UP

Badminton ace Saurabh Sharma (left), senior officer, sports, with Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDD), has represented India at the international level in doubles and mixed doubles events. He is ranked No1 in mixed doubles and No5 in doubles in India and has triumphed in several national and global tournaments, including the South Africa International Badminton Series (2017). Image on the right: Vinod Kumar (second from left), deputy chief coach of the Indian wrestling team, has been with TPDD since its inception in 2002. Kumar won top honours in the 48kg category in the Junior World Championship held in Colorado (USA) in 1981 and represented India in the Seoul Asian Games (1986) and the Seoul Olympics (1988) before turning to coaching. He has been coaching the Indian wrestling team for the last three years and is also a brand ambassador for the company.

LEGS FOR FITNESS

Participants (left) in the 1,480-km long ‘great India run’, held ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, after the ultra-marathon finished in Mumbai. Sponsored by Tata Salt, the standout brand from the Tata Chemicals stable, the event brought together ultra-runners from around the world. They covered the distance, spread across India, in 18 days. More than competition, the race was about promoting the cause of running and fitness as a way of life. The winners (right) of the 10-km event at the 2017 edition of Pinkathon, the multi-city initiative that is India’s biggest run for women. The objective of the race, supported by Tata Salt, is to spread awareness about women’s health issues, and to encourage women to get healthy and fit through running. Pinkathon 2017 brought together 60,000 women in the eight Indian cities where it was organised.

MAKING A RACQUET

Sitthikom Thammasin (left) of Thailand on way to defeating Lakhsya Sen of India in the men’s final of the 10th edition of the Tata Open India International Challenge, which was held in Mumbai in late 2017. Organised by the Tata group and Tata Capital in association with the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, the challenge had players from eight countries and a 167-strong Indian contingent. The latest edition (right) of the Tata Open Maharashtra, India’s only ATP World Tour event, was held in January 2018 in Pune. Former champions of this tennis tournament include Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Pat Rafter and Carlos Moya.