How is Steel Helping the World of Sports

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How is Steel Helping the World of Sports

Steel is widely used in a variety of things and it is impossible to imagine our everyday life without it. Along with being of huge importance in our day to day lives, steel also plays a huge role in the world of sports. Most of the sports equipment would become useless without steel and that explains the importance of the same when it comes to sports. Take a look at how steel is helping in the world of sports, by lending #InnerStrength to the game equipment/arena which matches the #InnerStrength of the athletes.

1. Cycling: Cycling has emerged to be one of the most popular sports. There are several categories of the same like road bicycle racing, time trialing, cyclo-cross, mountain bike racing, track cycling, BMX, and cycle speedway. It has also been recognized as an Olympic sport. However, the one thing that forms the backbone of this sport is steel. The frame of the bicycle is produced from steel and the same grants it extraordinary strength and minimum weight. Moreover, it is also used for cables, fasteners, brake disks and spokes in the cycles. It takes intense #InnerStrength to participate in this sport and it can only be matched with the #InnerStrength of steel that will make equipment of unparalleled strength.

2. Basketball: Basketball, a much loved sport around the world, is played indoors. However, it requires a suitable, strong and sustainable building that can house the court as well as the audience. Steel is used in the construction of these courts for a multitude of reasons. Using steel ensures a rapid rate of construction of the buildings without compromising on quality, while being more cost-effective. Also, steel roofs for basketball arenas are a good idea; they can withstand elements better and when painted and coated correctly, they can reduce heating and cooling costs by re-emitting the heat. And last but not the least, steel also ensures minimal maintenance cost, thus resulting in a sturdy and durable court. For the strong players of basketball, it takes a strong arena and that can only be matched by steel.

3. Rock climbing: An array of equipment is required during rock climbing, which ensures the safety of the climber against falling. The anchors, made of steel, provide them with enough load-bearing capacity and are long-lasting and maintenance-free. The expansion and adhesive bolts too employ the usage of steel and offer an exceptional mechanical resistance. The carabiners are also very important for great strength and are made of steel. This is one sport where two things cannot be broken – the athlete’s spirit and the anchors. While the athletes take care of themselves, steel provides them with a support that never breaks.

4.Ice hockey: Skates form a vital part of the Ice Hockey game and the players depend on a good pair of skates to deliver their best. The main part of the skates is formed with the blades or runners used in them, which in turn are manufactured from steel. Harder types of steel are employed so that they offer high-strength and less wear and tear. This is a game where superior skates work in sync with the player and only steel can match the momentum of the players and deliver exceptional results.

5. Horse riding: Horse riding has developed into a distinguished and competitive sport. Horse tacks, the accessories that are used to equip the horse with – everything is manufactured from steel. The equipment includes saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, harnesses, martingales, and breastplates. A horseshoe, that is used to protect a horse hoof from wear and tear, is also made from steel. While the jockey and the horse work in sync; they are bound by equipment made of steel that grants them the strength the sport requires.

The Steel Women of India

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The Steel Women of India

Indian women, with their inner strength, passion, hard work, and courage have created a niche for themselves. They excel in all the fields, be it science, arts or sports and continue to make our country proud. This Women’s Day, let us laud our steel women, who emerged to be the country’s pride and have won laurels for themselves and made India shine.

Sarojini Naidu: Sarojini Naidu played a pivotal role in India’s struggle to gain freedom from the British rule. She applied her knowledge and inner strength and became a promoter of civil rights, women’s emancipation, and anti-imperialistic ideas. She was also a part of the famous Dandi March, a non-violent protest against the British salt monopoly. Not just this, Sarojini Naidu was a well-read person and has contributed to poetry as well. Her work covered a variety of themes including patriotism, romance, and tragedy. She also earned the sobriquet ‘Nightingale of India’ because of her work.

Mother Teresa: The steel women, Mother Teresa, devoted her life to caring for the sick and poor. She also set-up ‘Missionaries of Charity’ to help the disabled, poor, refugees, un-well and lepers. The congregation operates today also and has a presence in more than 100 countries. Mother Teresa has been awarded various honours for her inner strength and charitable work. She was honoured with Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and is the first Indian to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She was also bestowed with the title of “Bharat-Ratna”, the highest civilian award in India.

Kalpana Chawla: Kalpana Chawla, the national hero of India, is the steel woman who made the whole world proud. Kalpana was an American astronaut and engineer. With her inner strength and dedication, she became the first Indian woman and the second Indian to fly to space. She was in space for 336 hours during her research mission.

Kiran Bedi: The first woman to join the Indian Police Service (IPS), Kiran Bedi is widely known for her achievements and inner strength. She has been honoured with various awards, starting from President’s Police Medal to Ramon Magsaysay Award. Moreover, in 2003, Bedi was also chosen as a Police Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations, and became the first Indian woman to achieve the same.

Saina Nehwal: Steel women Saina Nehwal has immensely contributed to the world of badminton. With her inner strength and constant hard work, Saina, in 2015, became the first Indian woman to become no. 1 in World ranking. Also, she represented India thrice in the Olympics and in 2012, became the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics.

Bhawana Kanth: In May 2019, Indian Air Force officer Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth became the first day-time Indian woman fighter pilot. She is lauded for her courage and inner strength to be on the forefront to fight for the nation.

These are some of the many women who have won laurels for the country and made us a proud nation. Here’s hoping for a brighter tomorrow where we can encourage and inspire more women to achieve more.

APL Apollo salutes the inner strength of each and every woman. Happy Women’s Day!