Being in consonance with the concept of HUM FIT TOH INDIA FIT promoted nationwide, JITO or the Jain International Trading Organization initiated the JITO GAMES project across its Chapters few years ago. Now, it’s not unknown that even to this day, the importance given to sports, although picking up, is majorly lacking whereby sports is hardly pursued and encouraged as a potential career prospect and is majorly looked at as a mere additional to a person’s life. Understanding this scenario JITO through its JITO GAMES project is consistently and aggressively working towards promoting sports, fitness and health.
JITO is a pan world, unique and a multi-stakeholder community of visionary Jain who share a commitment to shaping the future. It’s the single largest organization of prominent Jain businessmen, industrialists and professionals worldwide with current members exceeding 12,000 in number spread across 70 chapters in India and 11 Chapters outside India. It envisions towards achieving ‘socio-economic empowerment’, ‘value based knowledge’ and ‘service with compassion’ of the Jain community and the country at large. Our members are highly accomplished and eclectic in their respective fields. In a span of ten years, JITO through its various projects has established many notable benchmarks in the vast landscape of professional and non-governmental organizations.
The JITO GAMES is a biennial sports event whose primary objective is to discover and nurture the latent talents of young Jain sportspersons so that they can become competent and participate at the National and International levels. The event is first held at the Chapter level, the winners of which thereafter become eligible to compete at the National level. This year, the National level JITO GAMES is due to be held in Namma Chennai in the month of May. The entire process, right from registration to selection to execution of the event is conducted in the utmost professional and transparent manner. In fact, to further strengthen its vision, a scholarship policy is currently effective to provide financial support to talented Jain sportspersons. Through this policy four sportspersons are currently making our country proud. A round of positive talks to open a world-class National Sports Academy is being held at the JITO Apex.
This year under the dynamic leadership of Shri Doulat Jain, Chairman and Shri Nimish Tolia, Chief Secretary of the JITO Chennai Chapter, a third edition of the JITO GAMES was held in Chennai at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The engine of the event was able to run on account of the financial support provided by the sponsors: Fybros (Title Sponsor), MIGlobal (Powered by sponsor), Mohan Mutha Group and SunEdison (Associate Sponsors) and KV Finance & Investments (Food Sponsor) and others. Sharing key information, Mr. Praful Mutha, Convener and Mr. Rajesh Jain, Co-convener, revealed that they’d received the highest number of entries to date, close to 1500 in a record breaking period of just 10 days through the JITO GAMES App. In fact, badminton alone had received close to 600 entries for participation. Two new games – Squash and Athletics were added to the existing games of Chess, Table Tennis, Tennis, Badminton and Swimming. The participants who have been divided into 6 teams namely; Futura, Fotos, Clair, Paceman, Astro and 4S will compete in various categories. Our youngest player is 12 years old and the oldest is 60 years old. The entire event was organized and executed in a span one month with the support and dedication of almost 35 members from the main wing and the youth wing of the Chennai Chapter.
The two days event was held on the 25th and 26th of January at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The inaugural ceremony witnessed the participation and support of dignitaries from the JITO Apex, namely, Shri Ganpathraj Chowdhary, President, Shri Abhaykumar Srisrimal , Vice-Chairman and Shri Anil Jain, Chief Secretary , Shri Kiran Dantewadia, Director, Shri Ranjit K Jain, Director, the TNAPTS Zone, the National Youth Wing, and the Chennai Chapter. The act of a talented football juggler had wowed the audience. Most of the games was held and completed effectively on 25th Jan 2020 except for the Athletics, finals of Badminton and Table tennis which was held on 26th January 2020. A gala entertainment night was also scheduled but before that various teams had marched after the torch of the JITO GAMES 2020 was lit in an Olympic style at the Stadium in front of more than 1000 people. The Chief Guest of the evening was Ms. Aparajitha Balamurugan who is a National Squash Player representing the Indian team. Also the occasion was graced by the Guest of Honor, two such players whom JITO through its scholarship policy under the JITO GAMES project has supported – Mr. Anshul Kothari, International Swimming Player and Ms. Simran Aman Singhi, Badminton International Player. The evening was filled with amazing and jaw dropping performances by the talented team from the Raack Academy in Chennai.
The closing ceremony was held on 26th January from 4PM-6PM at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where Winners and Runners-up were honoured by the Chief Guest of the evening, Mr. A.K. Chithirai Pandian, Chairman of Tamil Nadu Volleyball Association. The singing of the National Anthem post all ceremonies marked the closure of the third edition of JITO GAMES CHENNAI 2020.
Although it’s the end of an edition, the game still continues and the next mega event – the NATIONAL JITO GAMES is scheduled to take place in the month of May at Namma Chennai. Stay tuned because this is just the beginning.