Allsport Management, a city-based sports management company along with
Ontrack Systems Ltd., an ISO 9001:2000 global IT & ITES company, will
present GOLDEN AKHTAR, a programme to felicitate Akhtar Ali on
his 50th year of yeoman service to Indian Tennis on Wednesday, September 21,
2005 at ITC Sonar Bangla Sheraton Hotel & Tower in Kolkata.
India?s latest tennis sensation Sania Mirza, along with a galaxy of stars
from yesteryears, including Jaidip Mukherjee and Naresh Kumar, will be present
on the occasion.
Allsport Management Chairman Srenik Sett said his organisation aims to
promote what is best in sports and to ensure a better future for the sporting
fraternity. ?Honouring those associated with various sports forms an integral
part of our mission; the felicitation of Shri Akhtar Ali is part of this
mission,? he added.
Helping Allsport Management in this endeavour is Ontrack Systems
Limited (OSL), a Kolkata-based company, which over the last 17 years
has built a reputation for helping customers conceive, build, deploy and support
world-class technology solutions using its state-of-the-art managed service
centre in the UK, the Global Development Centre in Kolkata and Offshore
Development Centre in Fujairah.
Ontrack Systems offers a wide array of software and networking expertise
across industries. It has a skilled and experienced manpower of over 200 IT
professionals across the globe involved in projects spanning vertical industries
and related applications. Today it has developed and has successfully launched
two very popular products ? tendertimes.com an e tendering portal and SMS Xprez
? a powerful business application using short-messaging services.
Akhtar Ali came into prominence in the
international tennis arena in 1955, winning the National Junior Championships,
and then going on to reach the semi-finals of the Junior Wimbledon the same
year. He was a member of the Indian Davis Cup team continuously from 1958 to
1964 and has played alongside Ramanathan Krishnan, Naresh Kumar, Premjit Lall
and Jaidip Mukherjee.
After quitting active tennis, he became a
qualified coach and took charge of the National team in 1966, straightaway
taking the Indian National team to the final of the Davis Cup. In 1974, Akhtar
was once again instrumental in guiding the team to the final.
Akhtar Ali has produced more National Champions than anybody else in the
country and has honed the talents of Gaurav Misra, Ramesh Krishnan, Vijay
Amritraj, Anand Amritraj, Leander Paes, Shashi Menon, Zeeshan Ali, Chirandip
Mukherjee, Balaram Singh, C G K Bhupati, Bidyut Goswami, Enrico Piperno, Susan
Das, Syed Fazaluddin, Vasudevan, Susan Jones, Anjali Binayak, the Parekh
sisters, Rina Eeeny and Shivika Burman, virtually the who?s who of Indian
Akhtar coached the Malaysian National team during 1968-70 and again from 1991
to 1993, and was the chief coach of the Belgium National team from 1980 to 1984.
He has advised and worked with various European and American academies, as well
as served as an advisor at the renowned Harry Hopman?s tennis academy in the
He was awarded the coveted Arjuna award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000.
Apart from coaching, Akhtar is an active TV commentator and writes regularly
for newspapers in India.