October 15, 2004

The first artificial sport climbing wall in Jharkhand inaugurated

Promotion of sports and adventure, as well as the development of outstanding sportsmen and women began at Tata Steel long ago, and it has now become a way of life in this company. In this context, once Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation had said that the Tatas represent the 'Spirit of Adventure'. One more event that exemplifies this spirit was inaugurated today, on October 15, 2004 by Niroop Mahanty, vice president, human resource management, Tata Steel, and a sky and scuba diver himself. It is the first artificial sports climbing wall of international standard, 15m high, 6m wide in Jharkhand / Bihar constructed by Tata Steel, on which the 10th East Zone Sport Climbing Competition (EZSCC), the first of its kind in Jharkhand, was also inaugurated.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mahanty expressed his happiness on the new facility provided at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, and exhorted the people of Jharkhand to take advantage of this healthy and wholesome adventure sport. The spirit ignited by JN Tata, and subsequently by JRD Tata is what is required more than ever before, to lead an enriching and rewarding life both at work and at recreation, he added. He lauded the effort of Ms Bachendri Pal in bringing this new excitement and adventure into the life of people.

EZSCC is being conducted under the aegis of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), New Delhi. Senior officials of the IMF, Col Amit Roy, chairman of the Zonal Sports Climbing Competition and Mr Magan Bissa, senior most mountaineer of India have come over to oversee the conduct of the competition organised by Tata Steel Adventure Foundation. They are both happy to see the large number of participation i.e. 203 in all, from Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal including Darjeeling.

Artificial sport climbing is slowly gaining momentum, particularly after the first indigenously constructed wall was fully sponsored by Tata Steel at IMF, New Delhi. Indian climbers are now being prepared for Asian Championships. World Open and World cups are regular events of sport climbing, which operates under the rules formed by UIAA, the world apex climbing body.

Climbing the artificial wall is a challenge, requiring and testing various skills. The degree of challenge can be varied by the climber, as per his / her expertise and confidence level, by selecting the appropriate route on the wall. It requires foresight planning, determination and skill as well as courage and strength. The artificial wall provides both fun and adventure to all irrespective of age. With all these efforts, Tata Steel can justifiably claim that, "We produce high class steel and top class sportsmen."