CEOs and their Sports

From childhood to adulthood, one of the characteristic traits that remain with a person is their preference of sport. Playing or watching sports is an excellent way to learn about teams and involvement. Prepping different teams up and motivating them is one of the job traits that a CEO has.

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

Here are the various sporting activities that entice CEOs and a brief rundown 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 the past few years! When one looks at their intensely busy schedule for five days a week, it is easily understandable that they do not want to play any sport that further tires them out; instead get involved in a sport which does not require lots of movement, but requires skills of 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, while Virginia has a decent, but not so great handicap of 35.4.


Cricket is a global phenomenon. Yes, you read that right, global. You may wonder why this is so since, in many countries, the sport of cricket is not very popular. The answer is simple: Subcontinent expats who enjoy the sport, take it with them when they are shifting to countries where a lot of people have not heard of the game at all! Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Google’s Sundar Pichai both love watching and playing the game of cricket. 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.


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


 If there is any other sport as fast-paced and has shocking turnovers, besides Football (or Soccer for Americans), 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. The action is unmatched. John Donahoe, the CEO of eBay was a basketball player himself in his college days, and follows the game to this day!


Tennis is an endurance sport which can increase considerably when you play it. Many CEOs play tennis for this 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 many sporting facilities available throughout Chennai, they would generally be located not next to each other, or would not be of great quality. A one-stop location for all sporting needs would be at the Hiranandani Parks located in Oragadam. Spanning over 400-acres, the township is renowned for its extensive range of sporting amenities.

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 a golfing range, there is a full-sized cricket field and a nets corner where players can practice. 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. If you haven’t visited the place yet, you have to head on over now to experience its sculptural beauty!

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About the Author 

Adithya Siva is an engineering graduate with a passion for writing. His hobbies include reading, gaming and watching films. He works as a Content Writer/Digital Marketer for You can reach out to him at and log on to to read more of his works!


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