Tahlka News Desk
New Delhi: Delhi International Airport (DIAL), a subsidiary of GMR Group, today launched its first edition of Skylympics, a first of its kind aviation only sporting event. The three day event was inaugurated by the national sports icons Shooter Mr. Gagan Narang and Cricketer Mr.Nikhil Chopra.
Skylympics has brought together the entire Delhi Airport community comprising of thousands of members on a platform. These includes airlines, retail concessionaires, ground handlers, cargo companies and aerocity developers among others.
A total of 22 teams comprising of 770 players are participating to play a total of 411 matches. Skylympics features six popular sports Cricket, Athletics, Volleyball, Badminton, Football and Table Tennis. Each sport will have round robin format where five to six teams will play against each other in one pool. Sporting icons Zaheer Khan and Dhanraj Pillay are expected to come for the closing ceremony on 5th March 2017.
Mr. Srinivas Bommidala, Chairman Airports, GMR Group, said "Stakeholders are the core of our successful operations and we are proud to introduce Skylympics for the IGIA community.Delhi Airport is the first airport globally to take up such an initiative. During the last one decade the civil aviation sector has grown at a phenomenal pace, where India has emerged as the fastest growing aviation market in the world. India is now eying to strengthen its position further in the global aviation map. As the biggest aviation player in India and operator of one of the world's best airports, DIAL has to play a pivotal role in positioning India prominently in the global aviation map. We truly believe that Sports is a great equalizer and it reinforces the power of community to make everything possible."
Several Indian sporting stars like Geeta Phogat ,Jagdish Kaliraman and Sangram Singh Indian Wrestlers lauded the unique initiative by DIAL and expressed their views about the sporting extravaganza.
Mr. Rahul Dravid, Mentor, Delhi Daredevils "GMR has done it again, if there is one word that can be associated with GMR is pioneering. And we have done it again with Skylympics. I wish all the participants and all the organisers, the very best in Skylympics. I like to wish all the participants and the organisers of the Skylympics, all the very best and I am proud to be associated with Skylympics. All the best, have fun and enjoy "