Mon, 06 Dec 2021

New Delhi [India], October 27 (ANI): Athletics Federation of India (AFI) joined hands with IOS Sports and Entertainment to bring them on as exclusive commercial partners of the federation for a period of three years.

Driven by the objective of helping the federation and athletes secure the necessary support from the private sector and scale uncharted territories, the partnership heralds in a new era for the Indian athletics eco-system, which now comprises household names like Dutee Chand, Hima Das, Neeraj Chopra, Kamalpreet Kaur, Seema Punia, Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Shaili Singh amongst many other great prospects.

The partnership will add a much-needed professional approach to the system and build on the stellar show at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which also saw the first-ever gold medal in athletics in India's Olympic history.

Speaking about the partnership Athletics Federation of India, President, Adille Sumariwalla said in a release said: "This is a momentous occasion for Indian athletics. We at AFI have been constantly working towards providing our athletes with the best possible support. While IOA and SAI have done their bit, the results of which are in front of us, having a commercial partner are only going to help us in reaching the goal of raising the bar faster for athletics than ever before."He further added, "IOS Sports and Entertainment have dedicated themselves to furthering the cause of elevating the profile of all Olympic athletes associated with them and their commitment to promoting Olympic sports is commendable. We knew that they are the right choice to drive us forward into a new era of Indian athletics and act as partners for the federation in mission Paris 2024."The three year's partnership between IOS and AFI shall involve strategic planning to build the brand AFI, unlock commercial assets and partner with top brands. (ANI)

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