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Amit Bhatia


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WHEN Amit Bhatia announced he was stepping down as QPR chairman in November, it was a sign of the ever-growing workload of the multi-faceted businessman and philanthropist. “The decision has been made with a very heavy heart [but] with the best interests of the club in mind,” said Bhatia. “Being chairman of QPR is a role I have held and served with immense pride. However, I fully recognise the responsibility of the position and the importance of a greater presence, not only at matches but also, where possible, on a day-to-day basis.

“Due to ever-increasing responsibilities and commitments on my time, it is now proving challenging for me to dedicate as much time to this position as is required and deserved.” Bhatia, who has been involved with the club for more than 16 seasons, since 2007 – initially as vice chairman and subsequently as chairman for the past five years – remains on the board and the Bhatia family entered into an additional three-year commercial agreement which will see the South Africa Road Stand at the club’s Loftus Road ground renamed The Bhatia Stand. “While I am stepping down from the role of chairman, my family and I remain as passion ate about QPR as we have ever been and will continue to attend matches as often as possible, as well as support the club to the best of our ability,” said Bhatia. “QPR is so special to my entire family and we are hugely honoured to work with the club for the renaming of the South Africa Road Stand. “Sponsorships are an important revenue stream for all football clubs and this partnership allows us as a family to contribute further to the club.” Bhatia’s most recent business venture saw him invest in machine learning-led decarbonisation platform Ecolibrium.

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