A book chronicling industrialist J R D Tatas' contribution to sport was launched by eminent sportspersons Sunil Gavaskar, Narain Karthikeyan and Ajit Agarkar at an impressive function here.
Unveiling the book To Strive and To Soar, published by the Tata group, Gavaskar said the Tatas had rejected him for a job in the 70s, before he made "one of the greatest sporting achievements".
Karthikeyan said he realised his dream of racing in the Formula 1 following a sponsorship by the Tata Group for the last eight years.
"I fulfilled my dream of racing in Formula 1 because of the support and encouragement from the Tata Group," Karthikeyan said at the function held last night.
A pictorial anthology of the corporate giant's contribution to the growth of sport in India, the book captures rare and memorable moments that brought Tata fame in the world of sport, through unique achievements by sport-persons at the national and world levels.
Among other sportspersons present on the occasion were former cricketers Dilip Sardesai, Ashok Mankad and Vinod Kambli, former track and field great Eddie Sequeira, former badminton ace Gautam Thakkar and current India cricketer Ramesh Powar.