Exhibition of sporting artefacts adds to Trailblazers Conclave’s attractions

Black Truttman glove used by Abhinav Bindra at the qualification and final rounds of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The exhibition of sporting artefacts and chess photographs will be the added attractions at the Trailblazers Conclave 2.0 on March 7 and 8, 2024 in Kolkata.

Sport lends itself to great storytelling. And every sporting artefact of significance has a story to it. Take Abhinav Bindra’s Beijing gold medal gloves for example. It ended a wait that lasted almost 100 years. The story of the final, the tension and finally the story of achievement. The signed jersey from the Indian hockey team that made the podium in Tokyo. Saurav Ghosal’s Hangzhou Asian Games team gold medal winning jersey. Vishwanathan Anand’s signed chess board. Sourav Ganguly’s century bat. Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi’s Grand Slam winning rackets. 

Viswanathan Anand signed chess board.

Each of these artefacts are part of Indian sporting folklore. We at RevSportz wanted to add a layer of sporting history to the conclave. Make the next generation celebrate the story of Indian sport and how things have unfolded. When an Esha Singh or a Sift Samra or a Shriyanka Sadangi sees Abhinav’s Beijing gloves months ahead of Paris, the baton is passed on. When the next generation of badminton stars see Gopi’s All England racket, a bond is passed on.

Celebrating the journey of every athlete: 


That’s what we wish to achieve in the conclave. Create experiences that will resonate with everyone present. That’s why we are creating what we call the Ageas Federal Life Insurance Wall of Fame. From Day 1 of the RevSportz journey, AFLI has been with us. They support our flagship show Backstage with Boria. It was a very natural choice to celebrate this journey together.

Some of the best artefacts from the history of Indian sport will be exhibited at the conclave. Needless to say, anyone present would love to memorialise the experience and click some photos.

We don’t stop with the artefacts-exhibit. With Maria Emelianova, who posts from the photochess handle on X, coming to the conclave, we decided to do an exhibition with some of her iconic pictures. The one of Pragg and his mother for example went viral and stands for a story of India. Tata Steel 64 Squares documents the story of Indian chess through Maria’s lens. Yet another added attraction of the conclave.

So with the countdown on, we are all getting ready for what is India’s biggest sports conclave ever. We are all packed for both days and can now only make exceptions if anyone really wants to make it.

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