Teenager that broke two under-16 records lives by the railway tracks in the Bada Bagh slums in the Delhi’s Azadpur area. His little tin-brick house trembles each time a train passes by but refuses to collapse on the ground just like 16- year-old runner Nisar.
Nisar Ahmad, the son of a rickshaw puller and a house maid, has made a spot among 14 rising athletes chosen to undergo one month training at the world’s most famous track and field club. Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and sports management company, Anglian Medal Hunt has taken a unique initiative of selecting athletes in the 15-18 years age group from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Odisha, and Delhi.
This initiative is a first partnership of this nature. The Kingston club assessed the budding athletes’ capabilities and potential to introduce them into a four-week training programme.
Now, time has changed for Nisar as very soon he will be hitting at the Racers Track Club in Kingston, Jamaica, which is the home of athletics prodigy Usain Bolt and his coach, Glen Mills. This is what this young talented runner deserves instead of life beside these trembling tracks.
This opportunity didn’t come easily for this boy. With a combined monthly income of Rs 5000, where the family of Nisar is only able to put food on the table, providing a rich diet rich for a practicing runner was out of reach.
Stating the family condition Nisar says, “I cry sometimes because God has given me a very tough life,” he says, “But it is my poverty that has inspired me to work hard in the face of such challenges.”
Physical education teacher, Surendra Singh who saw potential of Nisar in 2013 says, “He used to run bare-feet. I trained him but with his talent, I realised he needed proper training,”
We wish all the success, name, and prosperity to this budding talent who is going to make India proud one day!