Beijing Olympic Games gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and nine other top Indian medal hopes are part of the Samsung Sports Ratna programme launched on Tuesday to help them in their training and preparations for the upcoming Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
The other top shooters in the scholarship support programme are Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Gagan Narang and Ranjan Sodhi while boxing hopefuls Vijender Singh, Akhil Kumar, Nano Singh Thakchom and Mayengbam Suranjoy Singh along with grapplers Sushil Kumar and Ramesh Kumar complete the list.
Samsung's support was in line with its 'Olympic Ratna Programme' for the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, wherein it had supported top ranking athletes across individual sports disciplines with their training expenses while preparing for these multi-discipline events, a media release said.
Bindra has been a 'Samsung Olympic Ratna' at the Athens as well as the Beijing Games and his association continues into the 'Sports Ratna Programme' for the 16th Asian Games, the release said. Samsung India is also the "Official Partner" for the Indian contingent at the November 12-27 sports extravaganza.
Samsung's president and CEO for South West Asia, J S Shin, said that boosted by the success of the programme for the 2008 Olympics, the companay had brought in more sports persons under the programme.