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31 July 2008

Omega's Olympic evening in New Dehli


As India prepares itself for the Olympic Games; Omega, as the official timekeeper for Beijing Olympics 2008, hosted an ‘Olympics Evening’ to honour the Indian contingent on July 31, 2008 at New Delhi. On this occasion, Mr Suresh Kalmadi, President, Indian Olympic Association (IOA), and Member of Parliament graced the function along with the participating athletes and the respective Federation Presidents.

Celebrating the spirit of the games, Raynald Aeschlimann, Vice President, Omega International, along with Omega brand ambassadors Abhishek Bachchan and Sonali Bendre-Behl unveiled ‘Great Olympic Moments in Time’, a coffee table book by Omega with a compilation of some of the most glorious moments in the history of timekeeping. This was presented to the Indian Olympic athletes, boxers Vijender Singh, Jitender, AL Lakhra, Dinesh Kumar and Akhil Kumar along with the only women table tennis player from India, Neha Agarwal .




Extending his wishes to the Indian team, Omega brand ambassador Abhishek Bachchan said, “It was heartening to hear that Omega was hosting this special evening for our Indian contingent and we endeavour to increase the morale of our players. I am hopeful that this is the beginning of India’s Olympic glory. On behalf of the Omega family, I wish the Indian contingent the very best for the Games. ”




Saluting the spirit of Olympics, Sonali Bendre Behl said, “I must admit that I have not always been a great sports enthusiast but when I went through this book I came to realise that sportsman spirit is not only just a part of any sports organisation’s constitution, but time and again some men with exemplary courage have let this spirit survive even in this age where winning at any cost matters the most. I thank Omega for bringing this realisation to me.”




Elaborating on the collection, Mr Raynald Aeschlimann said, “The enduring partnership between the International Olympic Committee and OMEGA represents a unique tribute to the precision and long-term reliability of the company’s products. As Mr Nicolas G Hayek (Sr), Chairman of the Swatch Group says “sport is linked with great emotions” and I see an emotion in every eye here – an emotion of determination, an emotion of pride, an emotion of patriotism.”




Keeping up the tradition, Mr Raynald Aeschlimann, Vice President, Omega International presented Omega brand ambassadors Abhishek Bachchan and Sonali Bendre Behl with Omega Olympic limited edition time pieces.