Asian Games 2018

ONGC sends large contingent

Thesynergyonline Sports Bureau

NEW DELHI, AUGUST 17 : After a successful campaign in Common Wealth Games, the sports persons of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) are eyeing at Asian Games to scale new heights.

ONGC has the largest contingents of athletes at Asian Games being held over August 18 to September 2, 2018 at Jakarta. Thirtyeight ONGC sports persons- nineteen regular employees from various disciplines and an equal number of athletes on scholarship shall be participating in the Games.

Importantly, the women athletes comprise 50 per cent of the total contingent, which is testimony to ONGC's constant drive to promote gender equality.

Mr Shashi Shanker, CMD, ONGC said, "ONGC has a policy of nurturing sports talent in different fields. The success of its sportspersons reflects the company's focus on the development of games and sports". "I wish all Indian athletes phenomenal success in Asian Games-2018," Mr Shanker said.

The ONGC contingent displayed its mettle at the recently concluded Common Wealth Games at Gold Coast. ONGC sportspersons bagged 13 medals, which is the highest tally of medals from corporate. These included 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze, contributing to the 66-medal tally of Team India.

The reason behind the high success ratio of ONGC players at the highest international level is the special focus that ONGC gives to the budding talent of the country. Each year, the company sends selected sportspersons on specialized training abroad. In addition, the progress of the athletes is monitored at each stage in tandem with the sports federations.

The objective is to help the athletes perform better at the international level, and in the process contribute to the development of sports in the country.