India’s first individual Olympic gold medalist set to speak at Global Sports Week Paris

Abhinav Bindra, India’s first individual Olympic gold medalist and a successful entrepreneur, has been confirmed as a speaker at Global Sports Week Paris. He will be joining a highly prestigious international line-up of speakers gathering from February 1-5, 2021 at what is billed as the ‘rendez-vous of the year’ for the world sports economy.

Bindra’s appearance as part of the Global Sports Week Paris’ international programme – streamed through a central studio at the iconic Eiffel Tower – will come at the start of a landmark year for international sport which will include the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In addition to his personal story based on a career that has lasted over twenty years and spanned five Olympic Games, Abhinav Bindra will discuss how India is becoming a new powerhouse in international sports. He will also introduce the initiatives of the Abhinav Bindra Foundation, seeking to bring global best practice to the Indian sporting ecosystem, through sport science, mental wellness and high-performance sport.

Hybrid event at the intersection of sport, business and society

At Global Sports Week Paris Bindra will be joining a selection of renowned figures reflecting the event organisers’ ambition to offer an unprecedented international platform for sport, at the intersection of business and society. Among other names, Andrew Parsons, International Committee President, is returning to speak at Global Sports Week at the start of a defining year for the Paralympic Movement, while Delphine O, Ambassador, Secretary General of the Generation Equality Forum and one of the most influential voices on the gender equality, and Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, President of the MEDEF, France’s leading business confederation which represents over 173,000 employers across the country, will join the event for the first time, each bringing a powerful perspective to the Global Sports Week agenda.

Organisers have embraced the key theme of the event – ‘reinvention in action’ – by introducing a new, multi-country connected format for 2021. It includes a mix of physical and digital events across six future Olympic host cities – Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, Milan, Dakar and Los Angeles. All the international venues will be linked digitally through the Global Sports Week central studio at the heart of the iconic Eiffel Tower.

The event is returning after a successful inaugural edition held in February 2020 at the Louvre in Paris and will be again organised under the high patronage of Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and with the additional patronage of UNESCO. Global Sports Week will bring together more than 10,000 leaders and change-makers from sport, business and society from around the globe.

Four Young Sports Makers to represent India’s Gen Z

India will have a strong overall presence throughout the Global Sports Week programme. Alongside Abhinav Bindra, four young talents from India have also been selected among the 34 Young Sports Makers from all over the world who will represent the Generation Z at Global Sports Week. They include Jairath Chugh, young sport management professional, Kimberly Fernandez, founder of a social business, Samrat Ghosh, sport entrepreneur, and Rounak Majumdar, sport management student.

The Young Sports Makers will participate directly throughout the programme, voicing opinions and challenging received ideas through interactions with global leaders. India is the second most represented country in the Young Sports Makers 2021 squad after France.


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