GSBS 2017 set to chart a robust growth trajectory for the Indian sports fraternity

For 33 centuries, sports has proven to be one of the most effective tools in entertaining audiences, ensuring health, growing businesses, and building a sustainable, secure and prosperous future for future generations. No other form of entertainment has a more globally unifying appeal, and the Indian sports industry too is witnessing radical changes. The Times of India group, a harbinger of change and a torchbearer of economic progress, will hold the second edition of The Times of India Global Sports Business Show (GSBS) 2017 to give an impetus to the sports & fitness business ecosystem. Scheduled to take place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon - Mumbai, between 16 and 18 November 2017, GSBS 2017 will bring together top corporates, leading stakeholders, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, policy makers, sports leagues, sports management companies and industry stakeholders under one roof.

This landmarkexhibition will feature 5000+national and international sports products spread over 6000+ square metres ofexhibition space, with an audience of10000+ trade visitorsand sports enthusiasts set to visit this mega exhibition spreadover the course of 3 days. With an all-encompassing exhibitor categoryfeaturing XX+National &international brands, 5tactically focused conferences, strategically aligned B2B meets, 50+ hosted international and nationalbuyers and hands-on workshops, GSBS represents a stellar convergence ofthe sports business ecosystem like no other. Moreover, the exhibition alsoboasts a strong government connection withsupport from 5 State Partners plus the presence of a Taiwanese Country Pavilion, makingGSBS an unparalleled platform for everyone who wants to delve deeper into thesports ecosystem.


The second editionof this landmark event will be home to 5 conferences that will see more than 100+ leading industry speakers and governmentrepresentatives dive into a spectrum of sporting topics. Together,these eminent minds will discuss prevalent trends, opportunities, challengesand innovations in the industry. Multiple discussion boards have been createdincluding panel discussions, keynotes and break-out sessions, which wouldcatalyze the ascendance of the Indian sports ecosystem by uniting the entiresports fraternity. With the intentionof building a bright future for the Indian sports and fitness fraternity, thesecond edition of The Times ofIndia Global SportsBusiness Show 2017 will host multiple workshops for the sportsfraternity. Rugby India, Mary KomRegional Boxing Foundation, Xtreme Fight Federation and Coach Crew will takecenter stage as they conduct workshops that will give a fillip to the sportscommunity working passionately towards realizing the collective Indian sportingdream.


Additionally, theoccasion will also be marked by the launch of the exclusive Economic TimesChampions of Sports coffee table book, which will immortalize the achievementsof those that have championed the Indian sports ecosystem. Commenting on theevent, Deepak Lamba (President, Times Strategic SolutionsLimited) said, "It is extremely important to build a dynamicsporting culture in India, as witnessed by the government and the private sectorworking closely together for a better sporting future. The Times of IndiaGlobal Sports Business Show 2017 is an effort in this direction, offering arich source of ideas and expertise for the sports ecosystem to draw from asthey seek to create the sporting generation of tomorrow. By bringingtogether the key people from the industry and showing the way to the sportinggeneration of tomorrow, The Times of India Global Sports Business Show2017 serves as a unique platform that will surely serve to further ingrain asporting culture amongst Indians everywhere. Envisioned as the singlebiggest symposium for the sporting fraternity in India, GSBS aims to helpcreate a sports culture Indians everywhere can be proud of.”


A galaxy of top-tierspeakers are also expected to grace the occasion, including Shri Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore,Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India;Om Pathak, Founder & Chairman,School Sports Promotion Foundation and Member of Olympic Task Force; Somdev Devvarman, Former Indian TennisPlayer; Ranjan Mohapatra,Editor in Chief, CSR Vision; RajeshKharabanda, Managing Director, Nivia; Siddhartha Upadhyay, Founder, Stairs Foundation; Udit Sheth, Managing Director,TransStadia; and Prof. Dr. G.L.Khanna, Director (Project) - Indian Institute of Sports Science andResearch, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. With eminentstakeholders from across the government and industry looking to bring intosharp focus the ways in which the industry can make the most of the overlap ofmultiple sports disciplines, GSBS 2017 will ensure that India’s path tosporting prominence is paved with an inclusive effort from all the auguststakeholders gracing the occasion, making this a must-attend event for allstakeholders of the Indian sports ecosystem. 

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