Take Nisar Ahmed, the son of a domestic help worker and rickshaw-puller from Delhi; his journey has taken him from a 10x10 feet room in Azadpur to a training camp in the Racer’s Track Club in Kingston, Jamaica where Usain Bolt once trained. The 15-year-old postponed his trip to Jamaica to take part in the Khelo India School Games, where he won the 100m gold and broke the national u-16 record despite running the race twice in 20 minutes. He was so focused on winning that he missed the recall whistle after a false start and went all out. Then with only 20 minutes to recover, he did it again. On receiving the medal, Nisar said, “I want to use this scholarship to explode the myth that Indians can’t run under 10 seconds (100m).”
And there’s Tai Bamhane - one of 261 girls who participated in the games - who won the gold in the 800m race. The15 year old Warli tribal, daughter of two farm labourers, ran the two-lapper with the assurance and fearlessness of a seasoned runner, beating two rivals who had clocked faster times in the semi-final heats. Manu Bhaker has gone on to win two Golds at the ISSF world cup in Mexico, youngest Indian to win Gold at a world cup event. Leading by example, these athletes will be the catalysts for India’s new sporting revolution.
The spectacular viewership of about 102 million* (including Doordarshan) that we have received for KISG is a testament to the support and intent that India has shown towards embracing sports. Over the next five years, we’ll continue to bring you their stories, and the stories of the others who join them on the field. We will continue to support the Khelo India movement in all formats, from college games to rural and indigenous sports. And we’ll continue to create content that pushes young India towards a fitter and healthier tomorrow.