Aniruddha Deshpande MD – AMANORA
There are few sportsmen who are businessmen at heart. And even fewer businessmen who are sportsmen at heart. Aniruddha Deshpande, MD of City Group is of the latter group. This is a side of him few of us know, and a part of his life that he is really proud of.
As a teenager Aniruddha’s passion was to drive bikes and cars. Ignited by this passion, he participated in and won several bike races. His conquests were not limited just to two wheels, he also participated in an astounding 27 car rallies. Winner – 1981 Himalayan Car Rally Indian cars category.
The laurels of participation behind him, he turned his attention to organizing these sports in Pune. This prompted him to start PARA – Pune Automotive Racing Association. With PARA he organized many highly appreciated racing events in the 1980’s. Buoyed by the success of PARA, he made it possible to bring the Motocross to Pune.
There is more to sports than just racing for Aniruddha Deshpande. He is an avid badminton player, playing the game at least one hour every day for last 25 years. His commitment towards the sport saw him become the President of Haveli Taluka Badminton Association.
Through his vision started the Maharashtra Badminton League, which encourages young players and gives them better facilities. After three successful years of the Maharashtra Badminton League, the Indian Badminton Association will be announcing the Indian Badminton League on the same format.
Cricket, the favorite sport of our nation, has Aniruddha captivated as well. With the objective of promoting local talent at the state level, he is the proud owner of Torna Tigers, one of the teams of the Maharashtra Premier league.
Aniruddha Deshpande was able to find the perfect match for his love for Pune’s tradition and sport in the Deccan 11 football team. With his support, one of Pune’s oldest football clubs, the Deccan 11 has been able to continue nurturing local talent. And win tournaments too!
Under the stewardship of Mr. Deshpande, the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association is starting their annual tournament: The Maharashtra Tennis League.
For Aniruddha Deshpande, sport is not just something that is physically challenging. It is something that is good for the mind too. Chess is his preferred ‘mind game’ and he has supported many a tournaments as well. His passion for the sport has seen him ascend to the presidency of Pune District Chess Circle.
Aniruddha Deshpande’s contribution to Pune’s sports is next only to his contribution to the skyline of the city. A true sportsman, he finds the time and resources to promote sport.