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first_imgThe National Selection Committee headed by the legendary The National Selection Committee headed by the legendary PT Usha comprises other Olympians like Rachita Mistry, Anuradha Biswal and Asian and Commonwealth Games medalist Kavita Raut and national womens 100m record holder Dutee Chand GAIL Indian Speedstar is a CSR initiative by GAIL (India) Limited, which aims to spot, screen, select and groom young athletes in the age group of 11-17 years in 100m, 200m and 800m track events across the country. The event was part of the initiative taken by National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS) as part of nationwide campaign to find out athletes for 2020/2024 Olympics. Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that these kind of events were important to build up an atmosphere required for India to become a sporting nation. “These children who have competed today may become future stars and bring laurels for the country in international events,” he said whie addressing the gathering as chief guest. “Countries like Australia and New Zealand which have very small population as compared to India have done well in the international arena in sports. This country of 125 crore need to do better in sports. We need to build up an atmosphere which will make us a sporting country in near future. “Earlier, it was only the hockey team which won gold medals in the Olymics and we have won very few other medals. But in the London Olympics we won six medals. So, we are getting better and at Rio Olympics we are sending the largest ever contingent. So, we can become a sporting nation in the near future,” said Jaitley. PTI PDS SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more