SPOMENT, in partnership with the legendary athlete, Padmashri Mr. Milkha Singh, is launching India’s largest athletics talent hunt to identify and groom the next generation of athletes. The project is titled GAIL- The Fastest Indian (TFI). This will be an annual property that will cover the length and breadth of the country. This is India’s largest athletics talent hunt, and in time it will be the world’s largest athletics talent hunt with us reaching all 800 districts and millions of kids in India.
GAIL- The Fastest Indian (TFI) is a talent hunt that will be conducted across 19 cities in India(Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kochi, Hyderabad, Jaipur,Chennai, Goa, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Rudrapur, Ranchi, Patna, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar and Guwahati).
Final list of venues is subject to minor changes. Invites and posters will be sent to up to 200 schools in each city, and up to 50 schools per citywill be allowed to participate on a first-come basis. We have tied up with ICONGO (Indian Confederation of NGO’s) who are active in those areas and will invite children from disadvantaged sections of society to participate in this event. Races will be held across 100m, 200m and 400m for boys and girls in the U-14 age category, with the support of the local athletics federation and the School Federation of India.
The eight kids with the best timings in each category (boys and girls) will participate in the national finals to be held in Bangalore. We will also ensure that talent that has been identified
by existing systems (inter-state etc.) get adequate representation to ensure that the really talented kids come through our system and get recognized. The top 6 kids (1 in each category for boys and girls) will be sent to an elite conditioning and training camp run by professional international trainers, and will be groomed to develop into world-class athletes (with coaching and equipment support). Spoment will professionally manage these selected kids by providing them with necessary equipment, funding, training and entry into various national and international tournaments.
Mr. Milkha Singh will be present in 2 cities (Delhi and Bangalore) for the events – and hold a motivational session with the participants. He will also be present for a media interaction in these cities. Mr. Milkha Singh’s imagery and brand can be used across all events to promote the event. We will also invite reputed Olympians, para-olympians and Indian athletes in the venues to recognise their efforts, and also add value to the event.
Going forward, this property will become the largest athletics talent hunt in the world – we will take this to all 800 districts in the country, and really spread the net far and wide to unearth, highlight and groom athletic talent in this country and transform them into world beaters.