9 April 2018
Shirdi Sai Baba Foundation (SSBF) in association with Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) hosted a Hi-Tea press conference at The Zion Hotel, Safdarjung Enclave in New Delhi on April 6,2018. The event was to commemorate “Radiant in Quest of Gold” powered by Johnson Controls Hitachi.
Aushim Khetarpal, the promoter of SSBF has been involved in various social welfare and development activities is an avid sports promoter and the first one to get the sponsorship concept thereon in India. Anticipating the upcoming major international multi-sport event ‘Paralympic Games 2020’ to be held in Tokyo, Japan from 26 August, 2020 to 6 September, 2020 which is dedicated for the development and up-liftment of Physically Challenged Sports; Khetarpal and his associates are taking 10 National level Para Athletes under their wings and hedging their support to nurture and provide professional training to them and help them attain the top winning three position at the international level too.
Speaking on the occasion, the passionate sports promoter, Aushim Khetarpal and the head of SSBF said, “I appreciate and thank Mr. Gurmeet Singh, the Chairman and Managing Director of Johnson Controls Hitachi and Retired Col. Rajesh Ohol, the senior and key in the company for coming forward with their kind support and help these Para Athletes in attaining name and fame at the international level and making our country proud. We have designed rigorous programmes for the training of these 10 athletes viz; namely amongst them like Amit Kumar (Triple Jump), Vinay Kumar Lal (400 meters World Ranking No. 2), Sunder Singh Gurjar (Javellian Throw World Ranking No.1), Sandeep Chaudhary (Javellin Throw), Rohit Kumar (Discuss Throw), Arvind Kumar (Discuss Throw), Ram Pal (High Jump World Ranking No. 6) and others. They will surely prove their mettle in front of the world.” He further informs, “The FMCG Brand Krishna Sai which has been launched few months back under SSBF being marketed by Orient Tradelink Ltd. is also contributing 5 paisa from every pack of masala sold for the training and development of these Para Athletes.”
Retired Col. Rajesh Ohol is the General Manager – Administration at Johnson Controls Hitachi Air Conditioning India Ltd. He was also present at the conference. He said, “We are delighted to work for a social cause. This is a wonderful initiative by SSBF and deserves a pat on their back. Our support will help these athletes to attain international level training in all aspects.”