Samsung Electronics Company Limited on 27 August 2014 announced the names of 12 Samsung Sports Ratnas for 17th Asian Games which is scheduled to be held in Incheon, South Korea in September 2014. The name of the 12 sports ratna was unveiled with underlying theme Our Games, Our Pride.
The objective of Samsung Sports Ratna program is to nurture and develop Indian sporting talent.
Now in its fifth edition, the Samsung Sports Ratna athletes for 17th Asian Games are from five disciplines –
1. Shooting: Manavjit Sandhu, Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Malaika Goel
2. Wrestlers: Yogeshwar Dutt, Vinesh Phogat, Babita Kumari
3. Boxing: Devendro Singh, Mary Kom
4. Badminton: P.V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap
5. Archery: Deepika Kumaril
The Samsung Ratna program was instituted in 1998 for Olympics and Asian Games. The association of Samsung with Indian Olympic Association started with the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok by supporting the Indian contingent.
Thereafter, the company has continued to support Indian contingents to the Olympic and the Asian Games. Samsung started supporting the Indian contingent to the Olympic games from 2000 Sydney Olympic games onwards. The company has supported 22 Samsung Sports Ratnas and 21 Olympic Sports Ratnas till date.
When: 27 August 2014
Why: for 17th Asian Games