- This event is over.
Iconic sports events have been suspended, postponed and cancelled all around the world. Inevitably, they will return. When they do, what will society expect from sport and how can sport respond? How can sporting activity act as balm, glue and catalyst, both symbolic and real? What expectations will society have of its sportspeople?
Sundar Raman, Suresh Menon, Deepthi Bopiah will be in conversation with Nandan Kamath.
Do read this thoughtful piece by Rohit Brijnath – https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/when-sport-returns-it-must-find-the-right-tone
Sundar Raman is a Sports Administrator and Management professional with 25 years of formidable professional and leadership experience across Sports, Advertising, Sponsorship and Media Management. He was with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for nearly a decade shaping Indian cricket as the Chief Operating Officer of the Indian Premier League (IPL) from its inception in 2008, as Chief Executive of Champions League T20 (CLT20) and as BCCI’s representative on ICC’s integrity working group as well as the restructuring of ICC in 2015.
From monetizing digital rights as early as 2010 to introducing women in the cricket commentary team dominated by men, IPL delivered many firsts under his leadership. Significant amongst them was to bring in new audience to the game of cricket. He joined Reliance Industries (RIL) to head the group’s sports ambitions as its Chief Executive in November 2015. RIL is involved in multiple sports, including cricket, football, basketball, tennis and golf – directly or through joint ventures. Sundar Raman was responsible for consolidation and integration of RIL’s sports portfolio, including its Foundation activities in sports aimed at building a sustained grassroot sports eco system in India.
A graduate in applied sciences and a Post graduate in Advertising and Communications Management, Sundar Raman began his professional career in media and went on to lead Mindshare India, part of WPP Plc. He has more than a decade of work experience in strategic media thinking business working with brands such as Unilever, PepsiCo, GSK, Samsung and Amex. He serves as a member of the Technical committee of All India Football Federation (AIFF), Director of Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) and as a board member of Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL). He is member of The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) aids as Co-chairman of National Council on Sports and Sports Infrastructure.
He spends a lot of his time these days as an advisor and angel investor searching for the next big thing. An enthusiastic golfer, A cricket buff, avid traveller and a fan of biographies, he also finds time to share thoughts with the next generation as a guest lecturer at graduation and management schools. He loves his time spent watching Television.
Suresh Menon is Contributing Editor, The Hindu. He was one of the youngest sports editors in the country before he became one of its youngest editors with the New Indian Express. He has reported from all the cricket-playing countries in a career spanning over three decades. His books include Bishan: Portrait of cricketer, Pataudi: Nawab of Cricket, and Sachin: Genius Unplugged. For The Hindu, he writes a weekly cricket column, Between Wickets, and a general column, About 500 Words.
In over 30 years of sportswriting, Rohit Brijnath has covered the Olympics, Asian Games, cricket World Cups, tennis Grand Slams and written for newspapers in India and Australia and also for the BBC South-Asia website. He has co-authored a book with Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and is happiest when visiting bookshops. He also runs very slowly in his spare time. He currently writes for The Strait Times in Singapore.
Deepthi Bopaiah is the Executive, Director at GoSports Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2008, which supports junior, emerging, and elite athletes in Olympic and Paralympic disciplines. Deepthi, formerly a wealth adviser and trainer during her 6-year tenure at HSBC, decided to quit her job in order to pursue her passion for sport and has been with the Foundation since 2012. A sportswoman herself, Deepthi has represented Karnataka state in basketball and tennis. She believes in and is working towards building a sustainable athlete-centric sporting ecosystem through the foundation’s programmes and initiatives in line with the vision of the Foundation’s Advisors, Rahul Dravid and Pullela Gopichand.
Nandan Kamath loves sport and passionately believes in its power to transform individuals, communities, nations, even the entire world. He was a national-level junior cricketer and is now a Bangalore-based lawyer and managing trustee of the national award winning sports non-profit GoSports Foundation. Nandan is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, the University of Oxford and Harvard Law School and was a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship. He co-edited the book Go! India’s Sporting Transformation, recently published by Penguin Random House.