New Delhi: IndianOil, the country’s largest energy company, will now power the Indian Women’s Hockey Team, a historic first for any corporate in India. Nine members of the Indian Hockey team have been inducted into the IndianOil family as part of the company’s new sports policy, which promotes women’s hockey.
Suman Devi Thoudam, Rajwinder Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Sharmila Devi, Ishika Chaudhary, Bichu Devi Kharibam, Deepika, Baljeet Kaur, and Akshata Dhekale are among the nine women’s hockey players. Haryana, Punjab, Manipur, Odisha, and Maharashtra are among the states represented by these nine players. These female athletes have participated in international competitions such as the Tokyo Olympics and the Asian Champions Trophy, among others. Mr. S M Vaidya, Chairman of IndianOil, handed over appointment letters to the nine players in the presence of functional directors of IndianOil and Federation of International Hockey (FIH) President, Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, who is also President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
Speaking at the induction ceremony of the nine female hockey players on International’s Women Day, Chairman, IndianOil, Mr S M Vaidya, highlighting IndianOil’s social commitment, said: “We recognise how Sports is the most effective vehicle of ushering in enduring social change. Thus, IndianOil’s commitment to gender equality had to manifest in our sporting outreaches. Recently IndianOil was conferred “Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar” for encouragement to sports through CSR. This recognition at the highest level symbolizes IndianOil’s contribution to the promotion of sports over the last several decades”.
Mentioning about IndianOil’s revamped sports policy, Mr Vaidya said, “Last year, we released our revised sports policy, included the provision for recruiting women hockey players for the first time. I am glad that within a few months of the policy’s rollout, we are witnessing the conversion of intent into action.”
Addressing the gathering, IndianOil’s Director (Human Resources), Mr Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, “Sports is not just a CSR obligation for IndianOil but is part of our philosophy of Pehle Indian Phir Oil. We recognise the power sports have to unify a nation and bring people together in resonance with the national spirit”.
IndianOil has taken up the mantle to support Women’s Hockey which holds immense potential as witnessed by the entire world in the Tokyo Olympics. IndianOil is determined to harness the budding talent in Women’s Hockey present across India and give them a platform to bring laurels for the nation. The recruitment of these nine players in the IndianOil fold is the first of many steps by the Corporation to take women’s hockey in India to the pinnacle of success.