Sports is a field where every aspect of a personality – leadership skills, teamwork, perseverance, endurance, mental and physical strength and many more are put to test. Viren Rasquinha did not only possess these qualities, but also successfully brought them to play and went on to become the Captain of the Indian Hockey Team.
Someone to have chased his dream of becoming a hockey player, Viren played 180 international matches for India including the Athens Olympics 2004 and also won the prestigious Arjuna Award for Hockey in 2005. Viren decided to retire at the peak of his career and pursue management from ISB, Hyderabad. With his wish to win the Olympic medal for the Indian Hockey Team left unfulfilled, now as the CEO of Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) – a Not-for-Profit organisation started by legends Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone that looks after the training of Olympic athletes – Viren dreams to win Olympic gold medals for Indian by training young talents.
Viren speaks on various platforms where he shares examples and experiences of his life to motivate people to achieve their goals, on the importance and art of teamwork and on how to adapt with the changing environment to emerge a true winner.
Viren Rasquinha, one of the biggest stars of Indian Hockey, is an Olympian and the former captain of the Indian Hockey team. He was bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award for Hockey for the year 2005. He has played 180 international matches for the Indian hockey team in a career spanning from 2002 till he retired in January 2008. He was an immensely gifted midfielder and an excellent team player known for his fearless tackling skills, tireless running and calm temperament. He was also the captain of the Maratha Warriors in the Premier Hockey League for 4 consecutive years from 2005-2008 and played for Stuttgart Kickers in the German Bundesliga in the 2007-08 season.After his retirement in 2008, Viren did his MBA at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad which is ranked 15th in the world in the Financial Times (FT) world rankings for MBA schools. He has a dual major in Marketing and Strategy.
Major International tournaments played by Viren Rasquinha:
• Athens Olympics 2004
• World Cup, Munchengladbach 2006
• Asia Cup, Kuala Lumpur 2003 (Gold Medal)
• Afro Asian Games, Hyderabad 2003 (Gold Medal)
• Asian Games, Busan 2002 (Silver Medal)
• Junior World Cup, Hobart 2001 (Gold Medal)