CEOs and Sport


Throughout our lives, one of the major characteristic traits that remain constant with a person is their preference of sport. Some people like them and some people don’t, but that choice is etched permanently into their souls like a green ink tattoo. Sports activities are great ways to learn about team spirit and team involvement.

How is sport relevant to CEOs? As the Chief Executive Officer, he/she must know a lot about team building and managing activities. This is one of the core aspects of their jobs. And guess what? Many CEOs are die-hard fans and active participants in at least one sport!

From Cricket to Golf, many different people have a wide-range of Interests. What do CEOs find in Sports that would help them correlate it in business aspects?

Here are the various sporting activities that entice CEOs and make them active participants with a brief overview of where you can play them in Chennai!

Overview of the Sporting Activities that CEOs Enjoy


The sport of Golf has been synonymous with many professionals over a long period of time. When one observes their very much busy schedule for five days a week, it can be easily  understood that they do not want to be involved in any sport activity that further tires them out; instead, they choose to get involved in a sport which does not require lots of movement, but rather requires skills of high-level accuracy and concentration. CEOs like Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs to Virginia Rometty of IBM, all enjoy playing golf. While Lloyd has a handicap of 23.4 which is really good for a non-professional player, Virginia has a decent handicap of 35.4.


Cricket is a global phenomenon. Undoubtedly global. One may wonder why this is so since in many countries, the sport of cricket is unheard of. The answer is simple: Subcontinent expats who enjoy the sport, bring the sport with them when they are shifting to countries like the US. A lot can be learned by simply watching the game of cricket. How matches change at the snap of a finger, and the extensive teamwork that is put in by all eleven players on the field. It requires excellent communication skills, the ability to understand what the leader wants, and the execution of the same! Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Google’s Sundar Pichai both love watching and playing the game of cricket.


Humans can gain a lot of knowledge by reading books. There is no denying this fact. But, being a part of team sports like Polo can really up your game, put a person in dire situations where they have to react within a split second, and improve team collaborative skills. Why is sport necessary? Challenges are not encountered as often as they are in sports as they are in real life.  Playing and being involved in sports activities improves reflexes considerably, and will help a person react to challenges more impulsively and smartly which is absolutely germane in the corporate world.


If there is any other sport as fast-paced and has a tremendous amount of shock value involved in it, besides Football (or Soccer as Americans know it), it has got to be Basketball. From requiring an impeccable hand-eye coordination and complete involvement in the team, Basketball is one of the best sports that anybody can play. Contrary to popular opinion, height is not really that much of a requirement, despite the fact that many successful basketball players are massively tall! The action is unmatched by any other sport involved. John Donahoe, the CEO of eBay was a basketball player himself in his college days, and follows the game and is actively involved to this day!

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Tennis is an endurance sport which can increase considerably when you play it. The level of strength and skills anybody needs to play this sport really is something. Many CEOs play this sport for this fact. In fact, endurance is really necessary for the corporate field. Playing tennis not only improves your endurance and overall stamina, but it improves your hand-eye coordination to a great extent. As a result of this, the person’s concentration levels would increase to a great extent! Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford, was immensely interested in the sport of tennis while growing up and is still an active participant in the sport.

The Scene in Chennai

Even though there are a surplus of sporting facilities located throughout Chennai, most of them would not be of great quality. If you’re looking for a one-stop location for all sporting needs, it would be at the Hiranandani Parks located in Oragadam. Spanning over 400-acres, the township is renowned for its extensive range of sporting amenities.

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The township contains a massive golfing range, in which participants and players can either play the 9-hole-range or head on over to the driving range where they can refine their game. The Golf range has a full-time coach, Mr. Stanley, who the expats have praised admirably and have gone on to say that he is the best in India!

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Besides the golfing range, there is a full-sized cricket field and a nets facility where players can practice and hone their skills. There is also a huge football field, a hockey field, a squash court, a basketball court, a tennis court, and a polo field with horse stables. It consists of everything to fit everybody’s interests! If you haven’t visited the place yet, you have to head on over now to experience its sculptural beauty!

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