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GAIL wins Excellence in Advertising Award for social and digital advertising

GAIL wins Excellence in Advertising Award for social and digital advertising

Gail (India) Ltd. was awarded the excellence in advertising award in the category of digital/social advertising by the Delhi Advertising Club for the campaign ‘GAIL The Fastest Indian‘ beating 28 other entries to the finish line.

The award was received on behalf of Gail (India) Ltd. by their online agency AirAds Ltd. and MSLGROUP jointly.

Milkha Singh and his achievements inspired ‘GAIL The Fastest Indian’, a campaign run from September till January 2015 where we set out to find 12-14 year olds, who have the potential to take India to the 2020 Olympics. While the hunt took place in 19 cities over 20 events, all to achieve 1 dream, we took to promoting the path breaking campaign online to connect and spread awareness of ‘GAIL- The Fastest Indian’. The event was driven through a microsite and social media, spreading awareness, building conversations and motivating citizens.

A contest was put together for the duration of the campaign, driven through the microsite, where we invited people to come and vote for the city they think is the fastest, building a connect between the idea and the event. A number of twitter contests were also run with the theme ‘fastest’ while in turn spreading the word.

Through the duration, digitally we attained 29,00,000 Facebook Impressions, 41,09,627 Twitter Impressions and 4,50,000 Views on the Microsite.

The hunt through 19 cities witnessed 7,600 participants from 19 cities across India where children from all walks of life and various schools, registered and competed amongst one another, moving a step closer to winning the big dream for India. 48 finalists where chosen to then compete to identify 6 champions. The final leg of the race was conducted at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, New Delhi in January 2015.

The champions will be trained by international coaches and groomed into the nations top athletes to compete in the 2020 Olympics.

Although the campaign concluded in December it was just the beginning!

Delhi Advertising Club is an amalgamation of advertising stakeholders, which holds annual awards for a multitude of categories in the areas of advertising. The club was incepted over 40 years ago priding itself on transparency of awards and raising the bar on concepts.

GAIL (India) Ltd. is India’s No. 1 Natural Gas Company as well as the Fastest Growing Maharatna. GAIL deals with Natural Gas and its entire value chain which includes Gas exploration, distribution, marketing, processing and City Gas Distribution.


Here are few snapshots from the campaign

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P.T Usha Never Stopped Running

PT Usha is still best remembered for missing the bronze medal in a 400m hurdles photofinish at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Her moment of heartbreak so came to define her that few people remember that she continued running well into her 30s, broke a national record at 34, and retired at 36 in 1999.

As we talk in the cool, spacious office of the all-girls school, Usha says she succeeded in spite of India’s sporting system. She went to the Olympics with minimal international exposure. She trained on mud tracks, without good gymnasia or body conditioning facilities. She had little expert guidance on practice, strategy or diet, and got very little funding and sponsorship.

Usha decided to start her school to help Indian athletes overcome the shortcomings of the Indian sporting system, and to help them succeed internationally. But between the idea and its execution lay a huge chasm. When she announced her plan, getting financial aid was far tougher than she expected. Usha figured her name would open many doors. Yet, doors were slow to open. There was little government assistance and no private sponsorship, even in a state such as Kerala with a good record of athletics success.

Usha was finally able to get the school off the ground in 2001, but the first years were difficult. The school had to function on cramped rented premises. The accommodation was spartan, and girls had to train on a non-standard 200m mud track in the middle of Koyilandy town, that too in a field open for public use. There wasn’t enough money for good training equipment and nutritious sports diets.

Slowly, things got better. Read more


Why are we looking for an Olympian?

We’re a public sector undertaking in the energy sector. Athletics has nothing to do with our work or our profits. But then, we’re in the business of exploration, and we understand that if you want to find something good, you start looking early. We don’t want to wait for the India of our dreams, we want to make it. We are the fastest, youngest Maharatna

#GAILTheFastestIndian is the epic search for the next star olympian, the next Milkha.


GAIL The Fastest Indian Finals to be held on 16 January, 2015 at New Delhi

GAIL-TFI – to identify and develop Olympic-level sprinters, enters into its last leg

Hunt for the next Milkha to culminate on 16th January at Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi

New Delhi, December 18, 2014: “GAIL-The Fastest Indian”, a sports talent hunt with an aim to identify potential Olympic medal winners in Athletics, has entered into its last and final leg. Over the last three months, the first edition of the talent hunt traversed through 19 cities across the country. From Guwahati to Ahmedabad and Chandigarh to Kochi, over 5,000 school children in the age group of 12-14 years participated in their quest of becoming next Milkha of India and securing medals for the country in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The grand finale of the event will now be held on January 16 next year at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi, which was one of the venues for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The finals were earlier slated for December 14, 2014 in Bengaluru and it now been rescheduled on the requests of participants seeking little more time as most of them have just got free from their terminal examinations in the schools.
The Principal Mentor of the event and legendary athlete Padmashree’ Milkha Singh will be present in the grand finale and provide his valuable inputs in selecting and grooming the winners.
During the league stage, individual winners from each city were awarded with medals and prizes for being “GAIL-The Fastest Indian” of their respective cities. The talent hunt was an equal opportunity event for both boys and girls and was aimed at finding best talent in 100 m, 200m and 400m races.
The winners of the league stages held at 19 cities across the country are listed in the tournament website ( .The leader board on the website reflects the talent that resides within the country.
The best runners from across the country as displayed on the leader board will be given the chance to compete for the ultimate title of “GAIL-The Fastest Indian” during the grand finale on the 16th of January, 2015.  Top 8 participants on the leader board in each category (100m, 200m, 400m for boys and girls)) will be participating in the finals to become “GAIL-The Fastest Indian” in the respective categories.
The winners of the finals will receive complete scholarship up to their post-graduation to focus on running and to motivate them. They would also receive specialized training from renowned national and international sports trainers.
Principal sponsors of the event, GAIL India Limited – India’s no-1 natural gas company, conceived the idea of finding the best athletics talent in the country and walked extra mile to make the event a grand success. The talent hunt matches with GAIL’s vision of unearthing the unpolished diamonds from the not-so-heard places of the country and providing them proper training and equal opportunities. The GAIL support would help them in bringing so many laurels and appreciations, including medals, for themselves and the country.
The other partners who are making this dream possible include IFIM Business School (Academic partner) which is providing scholarships, Anglian Medal Hunt (Technical Partner), (Digital media partner), Croma (Promotions partner), Fox Mandal (Knowledge partner), iCONGO(social justice partner), (Official partner),  Yi (Out Reach partner) and Unibic (official cookie partner).
For further information contact:
Indranil Das, GAIL-

Here’s Why GAIL (India) Limited Is The Youngest And Fastest Maharatna!

GAIL India Limited, the Youngest, Fastest Maharatna among all Indian PSUs, a USD 9.5 billion company with 4000 employees has one of the best turnover to employee ratio in the world. These are some achievements we take great pride in, and embody the same efficiency in whatever we do.

We always embark on ideas that embody this zest for moving ahead to reach greater heights, everyday being the fastest and youngest in every field.

On 22nd September, 2014, we started a unique search, a search to find the next star olympian, #GAILTheFastestIndian. Being in the energy business, we know that exploration takes its own time and that’s why we are looking for India’s fastest 12-14 year olds, who can be groomed for the 2020 olympics, the next ‘Milkha’!

To keep the spirit alive and encourage India in taking a step towards finding young and fast individuals that can bring the country into the Olympics, we embarked upon a new adventure.

We are now proud sponsors of the team Micromax INDIAN ACES of INTERNATIONAL PREMIER TENNIS LEAGUE (IPTL).

IPTL, officially the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League, founded by Mahesh Bhupathi in 2013 and launched in November 2014 with a total of 29 players has 4 franchise teams – The Philippines, Singapore, India and the UAE.

The INDIAN ACES team is the most star studded of all teams – Indian stars Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, superstars of tennis – Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and talented players like Anna Ivanovic and Gael Monfils. Association of GAIL with the team is a reflection of how young we are in our thoughts and the appreciation of being fast.

The Indian leg of IPTL was scheduled for 6-8th December 2014. There was interest on all fronts about the event and the three matches that were to be played at INDIRA GANDHI INDOOR NATIONAL STADIUM. We decided to share some goodies with the GAIL fans and followers by mounting a contest. A contest where winners would be picked basis how fast they are at answering a set of question on Indian Aces players and their knowledge of Tennis in India.

Our #GAILaces contest resulted in a tremendous response on both Facebook & Twitter. Our winner on Twitter was sports enthusiast Sandeep Roy and lucky winner Abhijit Singh Kashyap on Facebook.

Follow us at @gailindia and for the latest updates on Indian Aces.







The National Institute of Sports (NIS) Museum, Patiala

KINGLY patronage to sports may belong to an era long forgotten but this legacy can still be savored at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) Museum at Patiala which has the distinction of being the only sports museum in the country.

Contributions from the royal family of Patiala along with rare photographs and personal artifact belonging to elite sportspersons, including hockey wizard Dhyan Chand, Flying Sikh Milkha Singh, that are kept in the museum make it a Mecca of sorts for the average sports lover.

Of special interest are the Adidas spikes worn by Milkha Singh in the 1960 Rome Olympics quarter-mile event which he lost by a fraction of a second, Major Dhyan Chand`s gold medal which he won at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, the hass — a doughnut shaped exercising apparatus weighing a solid 95 kgs — belonging to the legendary Gama Pehalwan who used it for squats, shoes which PT Usha wore during her 1986 Seoul Asiad win and an autographed silver bat presented to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, the erstwhile ruler of Patiala in 1925 by members of the Elphinstone College ,Bombay and the BB&CIRailway cricket teams in appreciation of His Highness’s hospitality and patronage to cricket.

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Sprinter Anil Kumar | The Fastest Indian

This fastest Indian, Anil Kumar, is 35 now and not is running anymore. He still holds the national 100 metres record of 10.30 seconds. Also, he ran the 200 metres in 20.73 seconds— another national record. A record Milkha Singh previously owned for 39 long years. From 1996 till the time he hung up his running shoes in 2008, Anil was the national champion in both events. Read more at


10 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Keep Your Running Shoes On

Time and again, India has been at the tip of the curve with the search of the great Olympian. Let’s get our running shoes on and be the athlete that will bag India the GOLD it has been longing for.

Success of a runner comes from not just one but two people – the coach and the athlete. Here are some of the most inspiring quotes by some incredible athletes and coaches that have chased after their dreams. Keep those running shoes on!

1. “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes (American Ultra Marathon Runner)
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2. “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice (National Football League Player)
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3. “You are never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka (National Football League Player & Coach)
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4. “The gun goes off and everything changes… the world changes… and nothing else really matters.” – PattiSue Plumer (American long distance runner who ran twice in the Summer Olympics.)
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5. “Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.” – Steve Prefontaine (American middle & long-distance runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics.)
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6. “A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.” – Billie Jean King. (American tennis player with 39 Grand Slam titles.)
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7. “I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.” – Mike Fanelli (Running club coach.)
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8. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred Devito (No.1 American Yoga Instructor)
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9. “We could be looking at the greatest middle distance runner of all time.” – John Walker (New Zealand Athlete, 1976 Summer Olympics)
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10. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali (Boxer, Gold Medalist At 1960 Rome Summer Olympics)
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GAIL ‘The Fastest Indian’ has set out to find the athlete that will give us the next Milkha Singh. So come nominate your city and tell us why it is amongst the ‘fastest’ ones around, here:

11 Young Indian Athletes To Look Out For

India has always been a land of immense talent and it’s only getting better with time. We may still have a long road to tread before India is amongst the front runners in the medals tally at world sporting & athletic events but we’re on the right track to making it happen. With more and more support towards young athletes with initiatives like ‘GAIL The Fastest Indian’, there is an air of positivity around that is fuelling the desire to win amongst the crop of young athletes. Here are 11 promising young athletes who have the potential to make the country proud in the near future.

1. Khushbir Kaur: 20KM Walk
Khushbir Kaur: 20 KM Walk
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Hailing from a small town in Amritsar called Rasulpur Kalan, this young 21 year old athlete first came into the limelight after winning the Bronze at the 3rd Junior Asian Games, Sri Lanka, 2012. She is also the first Indian woman to clinch a 20 km Race Walk Silver Medal in the Asian Games 2014.

2. Anjana Thamke: 400m and 800m
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Anjana’s training began when she had to jog 7 km’s to school every day. She was adjudged ‘Best Athlete’ in the National Junior Athletics Championship, 2012, under the U-16 category. She bagged Gold in the 1500m and 400m run in the U-17 section of the National School Games.

3. Kisan Tadvi: 3000m
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Kisan developed an interest in running even before he turned 10 when he used to tend to domesticated animals in his parents’ farm where he would chase errant cows or goats every now and then. His greatest achievement till now has been the silver medal he won at the 2014 Youth Olympics Asian Area Athletics in China.

4. Dutee Chand: 100m, 200m Sprint
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Born in 1996 in the Jajpur District in Odisha, Dutee is one of the four daughters of a poor weaver couple. In spite of all the odds, Dutee has managed to get a plethora of medals under her belt. In 2013, she also enrolled in the KIIT University to pursue law.

5. Arpinder Singh: Triple Jump
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Arpinder is currently the national record holder in Triple Jump. He recently won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He is currently ranked number 1 in Asia and is India’s hope for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

6. Deborah: Cycling
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Deborah was born in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is a Tsunami survivor. She is one of the biggest hopes for India in cycling. She has won 2 gold medals at the women’s junior individual sprint at Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) Track Asia Cup in Thailand in 2013 and she is also making big strides in the domestic circuit.

7. Devendro Singh: Light Flyweight Boxing
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Devendro comes from a family of boxers in Imphal, Manipur. He won the silver medal at the Asian Confederation Boxing Championship, 2013 and another silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is a strong contender for the 2016 Rio Olympics and we’re sure he’ll make the country proud!

8. Shiva Thapa: Bantamweight, Boxing
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The current world number 3, Shiva was the third Indian to clinch a Gold Medal at the Asian Games. He was also the youngest Indian to qualify for the Olympics when he participated in the 2012 London Olympics.

9. Navjeet Kaur Dhillon: Discuss
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Navjeet is 17 years old and became the second Indian to win a medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships when she won a bronze medal at the 2014 event in Eugene, USA. She comes from a family of athletes in Hoshiarpur, Punjab and with the continued support of her family, mentors, and coaches, there’s no stopping her from conquering the world around her.

10. KT Irfan: 20 km Walk
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Irfan Kolothum Thodi comes from Malappuram, Kerala and he is credited for setting the Indian national record in the 20 km walk at the London 2012 Olympics.

11. Tintu Lukka: 800m
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Tintu is the national record holder in the women’s 800-meter race. She won the Silver Medal at the Asian Junior Athletics Championship in Jakarta in 2008. But her latest achievement has been the Silver Medal in the 800m sprint at the Asian Games 2014. She is coached by legend P.T. Usha and is one of the brightest young stars in the nation today.

As we can clearly see that there is no dearth of talent in India and it comes from all corners of the countries and often times from the remotest towns and villages. It is the need of the hour to scout and find more of such talent which will make the nation proud someday. Stemming from the thought is GAIL’s initiative ‘The Fastest Indian’ where we are looking for the next Olympic medal winner from India in athletics. Will your city give us the next Milkha Singh? Come nominate your city and tell us why it is amongst the ‘fastest’ ones around, here:


GAIL-The Fastest Indian takes the capital city by storm

Heralding a new era in Indian athletics with the potential to produce Olympic-level sprinters, GAIL (India) Limited in association with Spoment reached Delhi in its third leg of the hunt for ‘GAIL-The Fastest Indian’ in New Delhi.

This novel initiative is an attempt to find next Milkha Singh for the country and is targeted at securing medals in athletics at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Legendary athlete ‘Padmashree’ Shri Milkha Singh, himself, is the principal mentor of this annual event. He will also provide his input and help in selecting and grooming potential winners.

The talent hunt at Bal Bharati Public School, Parwana Road, Pitampura saw an overwhelming response from the city and with over 50 schools participating.

Present at the event was Ms. Vinesh Phogat, Gold medal winner in the 48 Kg women’s’ freestyle category in wrestling in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and bronze medal in the same category in Incheon Asian Games.

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According to Vinesh “This event provides a great platform to communicate & engage directly with our future sporting superstars. Athletics has always been an important part of the sporting culture of India. and through this event, the potential shining stars of India will finally be given a platform that will allow them to prove themselves and make their country proud.”

 Sports has always been an integral part of the Indian culture and to be able to go out there and help find the next shining star of the country is a task that we undertake with great pride. The aim is to connect with the future pride and aspiration of India, who will do justice to this sports heritage of this mighty sub-continent”, added the GAIL Spokesperson Mr. Jyoti Kumar


The runners came from far and the near the venue. The timings were quite impressive as well with the fastest 100 mt clocked a time of 11.78 sec







On Oct 13, Gail – the Fastest Indian had enthralled the sports community in Bhopal with amazing response from several schools. Students put up their best show in the competition. The GAIL Bhopal Head Mr. K.M. Mahashadbe was the chief guest who felicitated the winners.


Check out images from Bhopal here

The event ended on a high note with parents and students who participated voicing that they were thrilled with such an initiative, they agreed that the project is the need of the hour as a majority of talent in India goes unrecognized due to lack of such competitive platforms.


Students willing to participate in GAIL-The Fastest Indian talent hunt can directly enroll themselves at

Glimpses from the hunt:


#GAILTheFastestIndian Hunt Begins

#GAILTheFastestIndian hunt is in full swing as it starts from Chandigarh.

The hunt is on to find the next Milkha Singh for the country across 19 Cities and 20 Events to identify and develop Olympic-level sprinters.

This novel initiative is targeted at securing medals in athletics at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Legendary athlete ‘Padmashree’ Shri Milkha Singh, himself, is the principal mentor of this annual event. He will also provide his input and help in selecting and grooming potential winners.

Take a look at these 12-14 year olds, taking on a 100, 200 and 400 meter sprint and striving to win:






























































Event Schedule

City Date
Chandigarh 10 Oct 2014
Bhopal 13 Oct 2014
Delhi 14 Oct 2014
Ahmedabad 16 Oct 2014
Jaipur 17 Oct 2014
Mumbai 20 Oct 2014
Goa 27 Oct 2014
Hyderabad 30 Oct 2014
Rudrapur 7 Nov 2014
Chennai 10 Nov 2014
Lucknow 12 Nov 2014
Kochi 15 Nov 2014
Banaras 17 Nov 2014
Bangalore 20 Nov 2014
Patna 22 Nov 2014
Ranchi 25 Nov 2014
Guwahati 27 Nov 2014
Bhubaneswar 29 Nov 2014
Finals – Bangalore 14 Dec 2014