New Delhi, August 17, 2012: Digital technology leader, Samsung India and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) today felicitated the medal winners of the recently concluded London 2012 Olympic Games at a glittering ceremony held in the Capital. Returning with India’s largest Olympic medal haul, the Indian Contingent members were present in their full Olympic glory as the medal winners were conferred with cash awards for their outstanding performances. Prior to the departure of the Indian team, Samsung had declared the ‘Most Valued Performance’ Awards for medal winners at the London 2012 Olympic Games entailing cash awards of Rs. 20 Lacs for the Gold Medal Winners, Rs.15 lacs for Silver medal winners and Rs.10 lacs for Bronze medal winners. The medal winners were handed over their cheques by Mr.
B. D. Park, President & CEO, South West Asia HQ, Samsung Electronics along with Raja Randhir Singh, Secretary General of the IOA and Member, International Olympic Committee and Mr. V K Malhotra, Acting President of the IOA.
The London 2012 Olympic Games have been the most successful for India in the history of its participation at the Olympic Games, with the country winning six medals in different sporting categories. The athletes who have brought back Olympic glory for the country include:
- • Sushil Kumar (Silver medal-66kg Freestyle Wrestling)
- • Vijay Kumar (Silver medal-25m Rapid Fire Pistol)
- • Gagan Narang (Bronze medal-10m Air Rifle); he is Samsung Olympic Ratna
- • MC Mary Kom (Bronze medal-51kg Boxing); she is a Samsung Olympic Ratna
- • Yogeshwar Dutt (Bronze medal-60kg Freestyle Wrestling)
- • Saina Nehwal (Bronze medal-Badminton Singles)
Announcing the awards, Mr. B. D. Park, President and CEO, South West Asia HQ, Samsung Electronics stated, “This is a moment of great pride for all of us. We are very honored to be associated with this team which has returned with an unprecedented medal haul and made the entire country proud. Samsung India remains committed to the Olympic movement in India and we will continue to support and nurture the sporting talent in the country as we have been doing in the past”.
Lauding the association with Samsung, Mr. Randhir Singh, Secretary General of the IOA and Member, International Olympic Committee said, “Samsung India, as the official sponsor of the Indian team has been consistently contributing to Indian sports through their support of the Olympic movement and their ‘Sports Ratna’ program. We appreciate their support and I see the Indian team’s performance only getting better and better in the coming days.”
About Samsung’s Involvement in the Olympic Games
Samsung Electronics began its Olympic Games involvement as a local sponsor of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. At the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, the company extended its commitment to the Olympic movement as the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, providing its proprietary wireless communications program, called Wireless Olympic Works (WOW), and mobile phones. These innovative mobile phone technologies provide the Olympic Family with real-time information and communications services. Samsung further extended its participation in the Games by becoming a Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, hosting the Samsung Mobile Explorers program that invites people from all over the world to share and spread the excitement of the Olympic Games, using Samsung's smart technology. Samsung’s commitment as the Worldwide Olympic Partner will continue through to Rio 2016.
In India, Samsung association with sports commenced with the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, and ever since, the Company has supported the Indian Contingent - be it to the Olympic Games or the Asian Games. Samsung India has been the Sponsor of the Indian Team to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 Youth Olympic Games and now 2012 London Olympic Games. Samsung India was also the sponsor for the Olympic Torch Relay that came to India in 2004.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 222,000 people in 205 offices across 71 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.