Apr 09, 2018

BDB Holds Cricket Matches as Run Up to its Bharat Diamond Week to Open April 25

Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), which will be holding the first Bharat Diamond Week from April 23-25,  inaugurated the Bharat Diamond Sports League (BDSL) yesterday, April 8, 2018  which was  the first day of the week-long cricket tournament being held from April 8-15 as a run up to the main event.

 "There is a carnival atmosphere at the bourse, with all eyes on the cricket tournament and the Bharat Diamond Week that will follow," said BDB Vice-President Mehul Shah, who is heading the Diamond Week project. "The tournament can be followed online via Zooter app or Facebook, as well as on 30 screens in the bourse buildings. We are expecting 50,000 to 100,000 people to follow the tournament."

Commenting on the Bharat Diamond Week, Shah said there is a large ongoing interest from companies both from Indian and abroad to participate in the show.  

"We are scrutinising each registration using Know Your Customer to ensure that we only accept genuine applications,” he added. “That way we are sure to have only visitors/buyers who are a perfect fit for our 150 exhibitors who will be displaying their polished goods."

BDB President Anoop Mehta said: "We are incredibly busy with preparations because we are determined to ensure that our first show will set the stage for those that will follow. Our aim is to hold two Bharat Diamond Week shows annually."

Mehta revealed that there will be a gala dinner event sponsored by Brussels Airlines, with the airline offering Business Class tickets in a raffle that will be held during the international diamond week. "I would encourage industry members who have not yet registered to do so as soon as possible," he added. "I can promise them excellent hospitality and business environment."

Apart from the diamond booths, the Bharat Diamond Week will also feature a display of synthetic diamond detection equipment with competitively priced services. There will be a knowledge quotient too, with informative seminars and meetings being organised on the issue of synthetics.

Shah said, "The synthetics part of the Diamond Week is going to bring a great deal of added value for attendees, with the latest updates on this important issue.”

The cricket tournament will feature 12 teams with players from the following companies and organisations taking part: Asian Star, Ankit Gems, Bharat Diamond Bourse, Mahendra Brothers, Blue Star, Palanlur Samaj Kendra, Jewelex, Venus Jewel, Shree Ramkrishna Exports, GIA, Rosy Blue and Jasani.

Yesterday, the BDSL got off to a flying start with the first set of cricket matches being held at the Wilson Gymkhana grounds, Marine Drive, Mumbai.

The games commenced after a torch was lit by BDB Committee members and special guests which included the GST Commissioner Shri Rajiv Jalota IAS; GST   Commissioner Shri  Vijay Rishi   IRS; Mr Bhusan Gagrani, CIDCO Vice Chairman & MD; Mr Surandre Badge IAS, General  Manager of BEST.

A parade of all the teams, including owners and players, set the stage for the ensuing games.