16-year-old Delhi boy to be trained by Usain Bolt in Jamaica

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16-year-old Delhi boy to be trained by Usain Bolt in Jamaica

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It is a dream-come-true moment for a 16-year-old son of a Rickshaw puller of a New Delhi slum after being selected to be trained in Usain Bolt's club - Racers Track Club in Jamaica. The young boy, Nisar Ahmed currently resides in a 10 by 10 feet shack in the nation's capital.

There is an eternal correlation between sports and poverty. For many, sports are a way out of impoverishment, a backdoor entry to the upper echelons of society, and that’s why when a poor child achieves something big, it makes for a great story. India pacer Mohammed Siraj grabbed headlines last year when he was picked for a whopping amount in the Indian Premier League. An 11-year-old Chandan Nayak from Bhubaneswar, whose mother worked day and night to provide for the family, made for a great story when was selected as one of the five kids to train with the European giants Bayern Munich in an all-expense paid trip for two months.

Adding one more chapter to the popular narrative, a teenager from a Delhi slum has been picked as one of the 15 athletes to be a part of a training camp at the home of the most decorated sprinter in the world.

"I am very excited to travel to Jamaica for training. I will learn there and one day will win a medal for the county. My father is a rickshaw puller and most of what he earns goes on me,” Nisar told The Daily Express.

"I want to meet the Sports Minister so that I can ask him for support. I am sure if I will get the support I will do well. I am also training for Commonwealth Games trials and hope I will qualify."

Nisar recently clinched the Under 16 national record in the 100 metres with a time of 10.85 seconds at the 33rd National Junior Athletics Championships in November. He has been under the tutelage of coach Surendar Singh since 2013 and his coach couldn’t be happier.

"Nisar has amazing talent. I have seen him improving day by day and the way he started his career is truly an example. Getting an opportunity to go to Jamaica is the biggest thing for him. I hope he will do well. He used to run in bare-feet. I trained him but with his talent, I realised he needed proper training."

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