Indian Oil gets ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar’ for encouraging sports

New Delhi: Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has been conferred the 'Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Purskar' for the year 2021, for encouragement to sports through corporate social responsibility (CSR). The award was presented by President of India Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan for encouragement to sports through corporate social responsibility (CSR) on November 13. Indian Oil’s Chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, received the award on behalf of the corporation.

Three Indian Oil Hockey stars and Tokyo Olympic medal winners, Simranjeet Singh, Hardik Singh and Dilpreet Singh won the Arjuna Award while Indian Oil's Chess genius and Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte was awarded the ‘Dhyan Chand Award' for lifetime achievement, during the event.

Sharing his thoughts, Vaidya said, "I feel elated and privileged to have received the prestigious award on team Indian Oil. Over the last several decades, we have been actively involved in promoting sports across the country, by recruiting sportspersons, offering sports scholarships to budding sports talents, providing support to rural school children and sponsoring major sporting events. As a socially responsible corporate, Indian Oil, through its scholarship scheme, is tapping into young talent below the age of 19 years and providing the vital support needed to nurture these promising talents into future sports stars."

Commenting on the recognition, Indian Oil’s Director (HR) Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra said. "This is an acknowledgement of Indian Oil's continuous focus to promote Indian sports & is an inspiration for us to do more".

At present, Indian Oil has 92 recruited sportspersons and 167 sportspersons on sports scholarships.

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