Corporate India Catches Olympic Fever

Ambani and Mittal step in to help India’s underfunded Olympic effort
Olympic aspirants for India in training Photograph by India Today Images

At a public pool in Bangalore filled with toddlers in rubber rings and dive-bombing teenagers, two of India’s Olympic swimmers prepare for the biggest race of their lives. Separated by lane markers from at least 400 locals, the athletes carve their way through water turned cloudy green by chlorine. “The government thinks all you need to be successful in swimming is water,” says Virdhawal Khade, 20, India’s 100-meter freestyle record holder, who will compete in London in July.

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