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Testimonial: Luc Haddadj, MBA Sports Management Student, Passionate About Motorcycling, Looks Back at The Championship in Which He is Participating

Luc, our 2nd year student of MBA Sports Management and passionate about motorcycling since his childhood will have the honour of participating in a sporting project of international scope: The FIM EWC Motorcycle Endurance World Championship. The event will take place over the weekend of December 14, 2019. It is an 8-hour endurance race, which will take place in Sepang, Malaysia.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THIS EVENT TO US?

This event represents a lot for the team because this year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of National Motos. We are now a real institution; we have participated in 178 races around the world. Each year, nearly 30 volunteers bring the spirit of the 55 (number of our motorcycle) to life and more than 150 pilots have raced for us.

National Motos is also a state of mind: perseverance and surpassing oneself. Since 1971, we have relied on volunteers who come on their holidays to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Bol d’Or.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE HONDA NATIONAL MOTOS TEAM OF WHICH YOU ARE A PART?

National Motos is the oldest team in the World Championship, engaged in motorcycle endurance since 1971. The team won the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the team has many podiums as well as the participation record in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Bol d’Or.

WHAT DOES THIS EVENT REPRESENT FOR YOU?

Being the grandson of the creator of National Motos (Pipo Haddadj) and the son of the current director (Stéphane Haddadj), this adventure is very close to my heart. I have been part of the team for a few years and I have always been the 1st supporter of my father and my grandfather.

HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN THE EVENT APPROACHES?

It is the 1st time that we go to Malaysia and that we participate in an Asian round! Personally, I am impatient to be there, we know that we are going to venture into the unknown, suddenly. We are not sure of the result of this race. But above all, it is a magnificent human adventure and a great gift for those who accompany us.

We wish Luc and his Team to live a great adventure!

This article was translated from French. Read the original article here.

Study Trip to Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence

The Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence (CSE) is India’s finest integrated multi-sport complex, built to encourage sports at every level. CSE has partnered with academies and scientific and fitness partners to provide better facilities to athletes.

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The different academies present in CSE have different business models and all are very satisfactory in terms of standards and infrastructure. The primary objective of the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence is to make sports accessible to many and to bring rocketed change in the Indian sports market. One of its main objectives is to build up sports from the grassroots.

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Students of the MBA in Sports Management program learnt the different types of business models at such centres of excellence.

  • Renting model
  • Revenue share model
  • Corporate packages
  • Pay-to-play model

Students also understood why such facilities are the need of the hour. The centre aims to support competitive and recreational athletes, professional coaches, sports academies, and aspiring young talent excel in the sport of their choice. Such facilities strive to reach European sporting standards and encourage more people to take up sports.

 

There are different academies of the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence,

  • Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy
  • Prakash Padukone Sports Management
  • 6(Six) Cricket Academy
  • Dolphin Aquatics
  • Peter Burwash International Tennis Academy
  • Bangalore Youth Football League
  • Boca Juniors School of Football
  • Ray Malik School of Squash
  • Akanksha Singh Basketball

The CSE campus is a sprawling property with separate areas for Badminton, Swimming, Cricket, Tennis, Squash, Basketball, and Football.

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Through this visit, students learnt the different kinds of business models associated with different sports. They learnt how to make such venues profitable depending on the sports they offered. They discovered how to maintain world-class standards and what roles scientific approaches and medical partners play in such facilities. Finally, technical details in infrastructure and role of all the stakeholders and how it all works out in synergy were discussed.