Vedanta’s company Hindustan Zinc will support the open water swimming international champion Bhakti Sharma for an year. During this period Bhakti Sharma would be promoting the open water swimming and also train girls in this swimming league.
Akhilesh Joshi, CEO of Hindustan Zinc informed that “company has in past also sponsored many sports person for promotion of sports. Bhakti Sharma is a resident of Rajasthan and particularly Udaipur and being one of the largest corporate in Rajasthan we felt we should come forward and support such sports person.”
“I am very thankful to Hindustan Zinc for promoting the open water swimming sports and I believe girls in India are very talented and can certainly make their mark internationally. Support from Hindustan Zinc is essential for the sports person like me and also for the sports as this helps the sportsmen in putting 100% efforts”, said Bhakti Sharma.
Bhakti also said that “I would be encouraging girls to join this sport and would personally train them”.
Bhakti Sharma in January is proceeding to make another world record by swimming Antarctica Ocean for 2.5 km. If she is successful, she would be breaking the record of Lewis Pugh of South Africa who swam for 1 km.
“It would be proud moment for India if she achieves this record as being a girl it would encourage many girls to come forward and join such adventure sports,” said Akhilesh Joshi.
Bhakti Sharma has been pursuing open water swimming for the last 10 years and has also swam across 4 oceans, 8 channels and seas, which itself is a world record. These records have been made by her during the year 2004-2010. In the year 2010 President of India awarded her with Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. In 2006 Rajasthan government also recognized and commended her efforts.
Bhakti Sharma has also shown her keenness in promoting CSR initiatives of Hindustan Zinc in Rajasthan.
The MoU in this regard was signed in the presence of Akhilesh Joshi - CEO, Amitabh Gupta - CFO, CSR Mehta - Head-Corporate Relations and Pavan Kaushik - Head Corporate Communication of Hindustan Zinc.