Until recently, Indian sports were plagued with a severe resource crunch, seriously compromising prospects of even the most promising of Indian sporting talent. From 1986 to 2000, the Foundation ran some special schemes under which deserving Indian sportspersons were trained to excel at international events. These schemes brought in rich rewards.
In 1986, Hinduja Foundation launched a scheme to reward and encourage Indian medal winners at international games and began adopting, for six to eight years, budding sportspersons, and sponsoring established sportspersons. Under this scheme, from 1986 to 2000, 50 stipends were awarded.
From 1993 to 2000, the Foundation established and operated a tennis training facility in collaboration with the All India Lawn Tennis Association, in New Delhi. This training facility helped upgrade the skills of a number of budding tennis players who subsequently made a mark at national and international levels.
From 1992 to 2000, the Foundation encouraged promising Indian women weightlifters
and contributed substantially to their training. The Foundation was the first to identify
their potential to excel in International sporting events. By 1999, these women weightlifters
had brought India rich rewards.
So far there have been more than 300 beneficiaries of the Foundation’s sports
programme. Notable among them to have won international acclaim
are PT Usha, Karnam Malleshwari, Anjali Bhagwat, Suma Shirur and Deepali Deshpande.
At present , the Foundation’s sports schemes are under review.