Bharat Petroleum: Energizing Indian Sports

Sports is among the finest expressions of the human spirit the desire and determination to excel, compete and win against the most formidable challengers and most importantly be the best version of ourselves.

India has produced some of the brightest sport stars. Many of these super achievers come from humble backgrounds, some from the remotest corners of India. Driven by the dream to make the nation proud, and a belief in themselves, they hone their skills without special privileges or high-profile training. Where socio-economic barriers hold them back, sports frees them. It becomes their identity, their way of defining success.

Bharat Petroleum identifies and nurtures such talent. With a history of sustaining budding talent in their sporting career, we have already inducted more than 200 sportspersons across sporting disciplines. Supporting, encouraging and acting as a springboard for their aspirations.

It was in 1987 that Bharat Petroleum began inducting the finest state and national levels players with the objective of achieving success at the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board inter-unit tournaments. Around 1996, the initiative was broadened to include players who had the potential to compete at national and international levels.

Today, we are proud to be associated with a galaxy of sports people who have dazzled the world with their performances. To name a few- Saina Nehwal and R.M.V. Guru Sai Dutt in Badminton, Soumyajit Ghosh, Sanil Shetty in Table Tennis, Atanu Das, Deepika Kumari in Archery, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer and Kuldeep Yadav in Cricket, S.V. Sunil, Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Varun Kumar in Hockey, Jerome Vinith in Volleyball, Rishank Devadiga and Vishal Mane in Kabaddi, Vaibhav Suri, Abhijeet Gupta in Chess, Manan Chandra and Shahbaaz Adil Khan in Snooker, Manasi Joshi and Manoj Sarkar in Para Badminton.

Bharat Petroleum takes care of varied facets of the sport-world from recruitment, advanced training at home and abroad, to facilitating international participation. The objective is to nurture potential talent across sporting disciplines and facilitate their smooth assimilation into the mainstream. And yes, for Bharat Petroleum and its gallery of sports achievers, sky is the limit.



S. V. Sunil, a professional hockey player and an Arjuna Awardee, has represented India at several international tournaments like Olympics 2012 & 2016 and the World Cup 2014. He also helped bring home a Gold and Bronze medal in Asian Games 2014 & 2018 respectively, a Silver medal in Commonwealth 2014 and a Silver medal in Champions Trophy in 2016



Harmanpreet Singh is a defender for India’s National Hockey team. The Arjuna Awardee has come a long way since his debut in Sultan Johar Cup in Malaysia in 2014. A part of the FIH Pro League, Harmanpreet has represented India at several international events and has the distinction of playing match winning games; the Champions Trophy 2018 (Silver), Asian Games 2018 (Bronze), the Olympic Qualifier 2019 (Gold), Tokyo Olympics 2020 (Bronze) and the Asian Championship 2021 (Bronze).



Lalit Upadhyay has represented India in over 20 tournaments. The Arjuna Awardee has to his credit a Bronze each at the Asian Championship 2021, Tokyo Olympics 2020 and Asian Games 2018, Gold during the Olympics qualifier in 2019, Silver for the Champions Trophy 2018 amongst others.



Varun Kumar, on his debut for the Indian Colts was the highest goal-scorer at the 2016 Four Nations Invitational Tournament in Spain. The Arjuna award winner has been a part of the Indian hockey team that won the Bronze at the Olympics, got the Gold at the Olympic Qualifier 2019 and the Bronze at the Asian Championship in 2021. Varun has represented India in over 100 international tournaments.



Saina Nehwal, a former world no. 1 in Badminton has over 24 international titles, including eleven Super Series titles to her credit. The first-ever shuttler from India to clinch an Olympic medal, she created history with a Bronze at the London 2012 Games. Early in her career she won the BWF World Junior Championships - 2008. The recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the Arjuna Award and the Padma Bhushan has many firsts to her credit. She is the only Indian to have won at least one medal in every BWF major individual event; first woman in India and the youngest Asian to win a 4-star tournament, the first Indian to win a Super Series title and the first Indian to win two singles gold medals (2010 and 2018) at the Commonwealth Games.



Manasi Girishchandra Joshi, the current World no. 1 in women's singles in the SL3 category in para-badminton is known for both her game and for fighting for the rights of people with disabilities. Listed as the Next Generation Leader 2020 by Time Magazine, Manasi has come out victorious at several tournaments like the World Championship 2019 (Gold), World Championships (Mixed Doubles) - 2017 (Silver), Asian Para Games 2018 (Bronze), Japan Open (Gold). Her more recent victories include Uganda Para Badminton International 2021 (2 Gold and 1 Silver), Para Badminton National Championships 2021 (3 Bronze) and Spanish Para Badminton Championship 2022 (1 Gold and 2 Silver).



Manor Sarkar , an international level para-badminton player holds the World no. 3 title in singles and World no. 1 in double's category (SL-3 category). The Arjuna Award winner from Uttarakhand has won over 50 international medals which include 19 Gold medals, 13 Silver medals and 18 Bronze medals. To list some of them out; World Para Badminton Championships 2019 (Bronze and Gold); Irish Open 2019 (Gold and Bronze); Thailand Open 2019 (Gold and Silver); China Open 2019 (Gold); Denmark Open 2019 (Gold and Bronze); Japan Open 2019 (Bronze); Brazil Open 2019 (Gold and Silver); Peru Open 2019 (Gold) and Paralympics Tokyo 2020 (Bronze). More recent success include, Uganda Para Badminton 2021 (1 Gold and 2 Silver); Sr. National Para Badminton (2 Silver), and Spanish Para Badminton Championship 2022 (1 Gold and 1 Bronze).



Deepika Kumari, current World no. 9 and former World no. 1 in Archery, has represented India at various international events. She won Gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games (Women's Individual/Team Recurve events). Deepika qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and finished eighth in the Women's Team events.The Padma Shri recipient and Arjuna Awardee has represented the country in World Cup 2019, Asian Championship 2019 (Silver and Bronze), Tokyo Olympics 2020, World Cup 2021 (Stage 1: 2 Gold; Stage 3: 3 Gold).



Atanu Das, World no. 22 in Archery has made India proud on several occasions. Besides representing India in the Recurve Men's Individual and Team events, he has won Bronze with Deepika Kumari, in the 2013 World Cup Mixed Team event in Colombia, Silver at World Championships - 2019, Bronze (team/Inl/Mix) Asian championships – 2019. More recently he has won Gold (Indl) World Cup 2021, represented India in Tokyo Olympics 2020, and won at the World Cup 2021 (Stage 1: Gold and Bronze; Stage 3: Gold).



Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta has made India proud in the world of chess. The Arjuna Award winner won the World Junior Championship in Gaziantep, Turkey in 2008, an individual silver at the 2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, and has the distinction of winning the Commonwealth Chess Championship five times over, among other recognitions.



Suryakumar Ashok Yadav has been representing India in T20I and ODIs. The right handed international batsman made a first-class debut during the Mumbai Ranji in 2020-11. He has played in the U-19 and U-23 formats, and is currently a part of the IPL Mumbai Indians squad.



Shreyas Santosh Iyer has been on India’s national and international cricket squad. Test matches, ODIs, T20I, Mumbai Ranji Trophy team and of course the IPL; the right-handed middle-order batsman has played them all. Shreyas has been picked to captain team Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2022.



Kuldeep Yadav plays for India in international cricket and represents Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket. He has played in U-19, UP Ranji, IPL, Duleep and Deodhar. Kuldeep has the distinction of being the first Indian bowler to take two hat-tricks in international cricket.



An Arjuna Awardee, Soumyajit is an ace table tennis player, has the distinction of being the youngest national champion and the youngest Indian player to qualify for the London, 2012 Olympics. He has represented India in various national and international tennis tournaments, including the 2016 Olympics. Soumyajit won Gold in the South Asian Games 2019 and the Bronze in the ITTF Nigeria 2019.