The Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) family was honoured to host a slew of Olympians and special guests in Vijayanagar on Wednesday to officially inaugurate the institute on India’s 71st Independence Day. Triple Olympic Gold medallist Balbir Singh Sr and IIS Advisory Board members Abhinav Bindra and Mahesh Bhupathi were joined by Mr. Sajjan Jindal and Parth Jindal to formally declare the institute open.
The day’s activities started with a flag hoisting ceremony in the morning and the launch of the Inspire Museum, a special area at IIS dedicated to India’s past Olympic glory which will strive to inspire every athlete at IIS to aim for success. The highlight of the launch ceremony was a panel discussion with guests including London 2012 Bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and IIS’ very own Geeta Phogat.
The star-studded day saw IIS donors and senior members of the sports media fraternity in attendance, alongside former Olympians like Dr. Vece Paes, Cawas Billimoria, Anjali Bhagwat, Hakimuddin Habibulla and Somdev Devvarman, who were felicitated for their contributions to the Indian Olympic Movement. Other special invitees in attendance included Onkar Kedia, Special Director General- Sports Authority of India, Mr. Mahavir Phogat, and senior members of national sport federations.
The founder of IIS, Parth Jindal said, “The idea is that we want India to win Olympic golds from this facility, and by doing things the way we are we think that come 2020, 2024 and more importantly 2028, we can achieve incredible results.”