Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) have formed a partnership to help athletics expand in India. The initiative will strengthen the long-standing association between Reliance Foundation and AFI.
According to AFI, the partnership aims to discover, nurture, and develop Indian athletes from across the country, as well as provide them with world-class facilities, coaching, and sports science and medicine support. The facilities will be provided by the Reliance Foundation ecosystem which includes Odisha Reliance Foundation Athletics High-Performance Centre and Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital.
In accordance with the organization’s greater objective, this cooperation will provide a specific emphasis on female athletes, with the goal of bridging the gender gap and assisting them to achieve their goals.
As AFI’s primary partner, the Reliance brand will appear on the national team’s jerseys and training kits at major national and international events and training camps.
Nita M Ambani, IOC Member, and Director, Reliance Industries Ltd. 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.
“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.”
Adille Sumariwalla, President of Athletics Federation of India said, “We are very 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.”