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.
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 www.thefastestindian.in
Glimpses from the hunt: http://on.fb.me/1w5WQv1