Neeraj Chopra and Dinesh Karthik among athletes celebrating India-UK Sports Week

The British government launched the ‘India-UK Sports Week’ on Monday to celebrate the incredible living bridge between the two nations on the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

From February 21-27, a series of interactions on and off the pitch will highlight the shared love of sport and the opportunities it can create for people from both countries.

Sports Week will showcase the best of sport with events involving Indian and British personalities reflecting their own journeys. It will include Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, cricketer Dinesh Karthik, world para-badminton champion Manasi Joshi, tennis legend Vijay Amritraj and Indian rugby captain Vahbiz Bharucha, among others.

Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, said: “The UK and India share a love for sport. Cricket, football, tennis, badminton and hockey bring us together. Sports Week is a celebration of this bond and our living bridge. I look forward to more activities this year as India celebrates 75 years of independence and the UK hosts the Commonwealth Games and the final game of the Test series.

This week’s activity leads to the India-UK Together 2022 initiative. The joint initiative, led by the British Council and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, will be launched later this year. It will celebrate the unique bonds that can help shape the future of both nations through a diverse program of activities – highlighting the strong cultural links between the British and Indians – across sport, education, the arts And much more.

As two great democracies, India and the UK share a vision to empower the next generation of leaders.

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