Odisha’s young athlete Sukhi Baskey made the state proud by qualifying in the National Finals 2016 of GAIL Indian Speedstar in both 100m and 200 m categories Under 14, held on 12th May 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.
75 shortlisted kids from different districts and states of India out of which top 9 athletes were selected 6 girls and 3 boys.
Sukhi Baskey, a girl from a small village of Odisha, has been practicing since the age of 10. She belongs to a poor family and her father is a farmer.
He doesn’t have enough money to provide her education and even to fulfill basic necessity of life. From last 3 years she is staying in a sports hostel which is supported by the government where is getting free training and sports equipments.
Despite of all the challenges, she is working hard to fulfill her dreams. She has participated in School National Events and won the silver Medal in the 200 Meters race. Gail (India) Limited has provided a platform to many students like her to achieve their goals.
Hon’ble Union Minister of Finance and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan – Hon’ble Union Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Governmen graced the National Finals 2016 of GAIL-Indian Speedstar, an initiative by GAIL (India) Limited to spot, screen, select and nurture the talents in athletics.