GIC to provide Rs 600 cr insurance cover to ESPN for World Cup

GIC to provide Rs 600 cr insurance cover to ESPN for World Cup

"We have finalised on providing Rs 600 crore terror and weather insurance cover for the Cup to ESPN on Rs 9 crore premium," GIC Chairman-cum-Managing Director Yogesh Lohia told reporters on the sidelines of the 4th India Rendezvous on Reinsurance here.

This is a record cover for any sporting event in the country and is three times more than the Rs 200 crore cover for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The 2011 World Cup will begin on February 19 and end on April 2. India will host 27 matches in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at eight venues -- Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Punjab, Gujarat and Nagpur.

The insurance cover will compensate for any broadcasting loss arising from cancellation due to adverse weather conditions and terror attacks.

However, GIC is still working on the modalities of providing insurance coverage to the World Cup event with the BCCI.

Meanwhile, with regard to claim ratios, Lohia said in the first half, the incurred claim stood at 70-80 per cent, which is expected to go up during the second half of this year.

He said floods in Brazil and Australia are likely to hit the margins of the company.
"We are getting reports of losses, however, we not sure if it is the company loss or insured loss. But it may hit the profitability of the company," he added.

On the occasion, Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said there was exponential growth in premium collections in the general insurance industry to USD 8 billion in 2010 from USD 3.5 billion in 2003.

"After managing the Indian Terrorism Insurance Pool and now working for the establishment of the Indian Nuclear Insurance pool, the time is right to pursue the target of creating an Asian reinsurance hub in India," he said.

GIC is currently working on details for establishing the Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool that will provide insurance protection from nuclear accidents.