GSBS: A holistic sports business show, and a harbinger of change

GSBS: A holistic sports business show, and a harbinger of change

MUMBAI: The Times of India group, a harbinger of change and a torchbearer of economic progress has held the second edition of The Times of India Global Sports Business Show (GSBS) 2017 to give an impetus to the sports & fitness business ecosystem bringing together top corporates, leading stakeholders, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, policymakers, sports leagues, sports management companies and industry stakeholders under one roof.

This landmark exhibition features 5000+ national and international sports products spread over 6000+ square metres of exhibition space, with an expected audience of 8000+ trade visitors and sports enthusiasts set to visit this mega exhibition spread over the course of three days. With an all-encompassing exhibitor category featuring National & international brands, five tactically focused conferences, strategically aligned B2B meets, 50+ hosted international and national buyers and hands-on workshops, GSBS represents a stellar convergence of the sports business ecosystem like no other. Moreover, the exhibition also boasts a strong government connection with support from five state partners plus the presence of a Taiwanese Country Pavilion, making GSBS an unparalleled platform for everyone who wants to delve deeper into the sports ecosystem.

“India is not a sporting nation yet even though a large part of its population is aged between 10 and

24. Building a champion doesn’t happen overnight, we need to start building a culture from school level. If a sport is made mandatory in school since early childhood, the children of our country will blossom in life as it teaches them so many values. Hence, it (our sporting activities) should not be restricted to a ‘sports day,’ but has to be part of education,” said former Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman, who was named as the national observer for tennis in March this year, on Day One of the show.

“Creating a culture of sports is the first towards building a stronger base. We can’t be waiting every four years to realize the worth we have in Olympics, we have to encourage our people every day. It’s not about only winning. It’s about playing and true sportsmanship. It’s imperative to reinvent our culture through creating awareness of sports, not just to win medals, but for a healthier and happy nation,” he stressed.

He complimented GSBS as a “great platform where people from various walks of like including sportsmen, ministers, businessmen have gathered together to address issues pertaining to the ever growing sports industry and to discuss ways in which we as a country can get better at sports.”

“Education is the most important thing for any athlete to excel in sports. Every athlete needs to have a correct team – a coach, a doctor, a physiotherapist, a psychologist and strong support from family and friends. The right people can really make a difference in your performance and help you achieve your dreams,” stressed Heena Sidhu, a former World No 1pistol shooter.

The show, being held at NESCO, was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh’s State youth welfare and sports minister, Yashodhara Raje Scindia, who delivered a powerful opening address. “Sports is the expression of status in a developed and progressive society. In life, there’s no feeling as satisfying as an accomplishment or victory on the sports platform,” she said.

Day One of the show saw many riveting panel discussions. The first was titled ‘Unity in diversity: Fostering and elevating talent across India.’ The topic for the second panel discussion was ‘Ground clearance: Overcoming obstacles Together.’

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