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.