About Program

Modern India can boast of a prolific history in athletics dating back to the vedic period. India now, is literally “changing tracks” to the contemporary form of athletics. The medieval period in the history of Indian athletics, saw the advent of sports like running, jumping and throwing which are the early ancestors of the track and field events of today's athletics.

Legends like Milkha Singh, Sriram Singh, P.T. Usha and Anju Bobby George came close to changing the course of Indian Athletic history. The last decade has seen Indian athletes performing admirably at continental meets and the Commonwealth Games in long distance running and the throw and jump events. However success in the sprint events is still something the country yearns for.

History does not just happen, history needs to be created. It’s time to hone budding athletes with potential to become successful in the international tournaments in the near future. NYCS and GAIL (India) Limited have together embarked on a grassroots athletics program GAIL-Indian Speed star which is aimed at unearthing young talent across the length and breadth of India. NYCS GAIL-Indian Speed star will identity and nurture talent in track events (100m, 200m and 400m) between the age group of 11 to 17 years, furthering them through access to coaching, foreign training, physiotherapy, mental conditioning and other support services.

" Talent Identification will be done through rigorous sifting from remote areas and disadvantaged communities to bring them into main flow"

" Selection from benchmark Driven performances ensures a fair chance for everyone"

" A unique PAN India talent scouting program, that is about to create a milestone in the history of Indian Athletics "

" Strengthening the sport of athletics with a talent pool that will make Indian athletics shine brightly at the 2020 Summer Olympics"

Selection Committee

P T Usha
P. T. Usha(born 27 June 1964), is an Indian track and field athlete from the state of Kerala . She is nicknamed the Payyoli Express.
Rachita Mistry
Rachita Mistry (born 11 October 1974) is an Indian professional sprinter from Mumbai, Maharashtra
Anuradha Biswal
Anuradha Biswal (born 1 January 1975) is an Indian track and field athlete from Odisha who specializes in 100 meter hurdles.
Kavita Raut
Kavita Raut (born 5 May 1985) is an Indian long-distance runner from Nashik, Maharashtra.
V. Murlidharan
Shriram Singh
Maneesh Bahuguna

The selection committee is equipped with a panel of eminent sports persons that have been appointed to support selections and guide and mentor the coaching camps. Their role primarily focuses on formulating the selection criteria for the NYCS GAIL-Indian Speedstar Program, and developing a strong and steady training module and plan for the selected athletes at the National Level.

Program Structure


Trials will be conducted under the watchful eyes of coaches and selectors appointed by the main selection committee, duly following the preset talent identification and selection criteria.


Shortlisted athletes from each district will get to attend a two day zonal camp prior to the zone level trials.


Shortlisted athletes from zonal trials will win a privilege to attend an intensive national camp before the final national trials to be held. Winners selected purely on the basis of their benchmark meeting performances will receive extensive training throughout the year.