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Nurturing Excellence in Sports Trust (NEST) is a Non- Profit Organization with the objective of supporting talented athletes belonging to economically weaker sections of society. NEST has an extensive grassroots program throughout the country to help in identifying athletes with the potential of making it big in the international arena.

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Founders : Maneesh Bahuguna maneesh bahuguna & Sunny Narang sunny narang

With the help of an extensive network of coaches, NEST has been able to penetrate into various remote districts and tribal belts of states such as Odisha, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana and Jharkhand. In a short period of 3 years, NEST has supported as many athletes belonging to socially and economically marginalized societies, including Para athletes. NEST’s contribution by providing training, sports-specific support services and technical guidance has been instrumental in ensuring that the identified athletes get adequate opportunities, resources and competition to enable them to compete with the world’s best on a level playing field.

Out of the athletes supported by NEST one has gone on to represent India at the Olympic Games and two at the Paralympic Games, 2016. The grassroots program initiated by NEST has already started reaping rewards with athletes winning laurels for the country in international events at the youth and junior level.

Sports schemes initiated by the Government only cater to elite and senior athletes who have reached a certain level. NEST aims to cover this gap by ensuring that young talented athletes, with limited means, do not lose the opportunity to reach that stage.

athletes supported by NEST

NEST has successfully worked with PSU’s and corporates like Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC), Maharashtra Natural Gas Ltd. (MNGL), Welspun Group, Divitas Capital and IndiaQBank for their various CSR initiatives in sports.

Incepted in the year 2013, the trust is registered under section 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act.

From Sunny Narang ’s Facebook Posts :

26th November, 2015

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#AWeaversDaughter #DuteeChand #Odisha #Sprinter#Fighter

A 19 year old girl, from a poor weaver’s family, a possible Olympics sprinter 100m and 200m, and a trial by fire on her gender test. It is not something most can dream about, or persist with.

Nurturing Excellence in Sports Trust is running a crowd-funding campaign with Sportskeeda on BitGiving to support Dutee make up lost time to train for the Rio Olympics , 2016.

They are trying to raise Rs.10 lacs for her to train at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Centre in the United States for a period of 4 months.

It is young people like her from unknown places in India who are trying to make India proud. The least we can do is cheer them along the way.

“In 2013, I became the first Indian to reach the final of an international sprints event, the IAAF World Youth Championships, and became the senior national champion in 100m and 200m that same year. In May 2014, I broke the 14-year-old national junior record in 100m by a large margin. I was all set to take the international arena by storm, and even clinched two Gold medals at the Asian Junior Athletics Championship in Taipei. Ready to do my best at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, I was taken off the Indian contingent a week before the Games, after allegedly, ‘failing’ the gender test as prescribed by the IAAF.

It was revealed that my body produced a level of testosterone that was naturally found in males. Resultantly, I was prohibited to compete as a female athlete which was the stance taken by the IAAF, the international governing body of athletics and later by the International Olympic Committee as well.

There had been numerous cases globally of such biological racism where female athletes had been barred from contesting in women’s events.

They could either quit the sport and go back to normal lives, or undergo ‘gender treatment’ to help them come back to the tracks. I, however, took the bold step of taking my case to the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS) as I firmly believed that I was not at fault.

My efforts over the last 12 months were rewarded when the CAS passed a historic verdict, clearing me to compete in both national and international events as a female athlete and also suspended the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism laws for a period of 2 years.

When my ban was effectively being revoked in July, 2015, it has taken me no time to come close to my best form. Winning 2 Gold medals at the Junior Federation cup in August, and improving it further by winning 3 Gold medals at the Open National Athletics Championships, I know that nothing can stop me now from reaching my ultimate dream; to represent India at the Olympic Games.

Had I not been subjected to the tremendous emotional and social trauma of the last 10 months, I could have been in contention for a medal, however at the present moment, I find myself in a very daunting situation where I am only a few milliseconds away from qualifying for the Olympic Games. Unfortunately, the lack of funds is going to stop me from making the final push to break the qualification barrier in both the 100m and 200m events

I attempt to qualify for the Olympics and live up to the promising start I had made to my career.”

Beant Singh

Sportskeeda in association with a non-profit organization, Nurturing Excellence in Sports Trust (NEST) launched a crowdfunding campaign on the site Bitgiving to finance a young prodigy who has been taking the Indian athletics circuit by storm in the recent years – Beant Singh.

The campaign was a tremendous success with the target amount of Rs. 50,000 being raised within five working days, due to the concentrated efforts of the Sportskeeda team, and unconditional support by Bitgiving. Beside this, what emerged as a big ray of hope for Indian athletes, was a certain, Mr. Asad Raza and his company IndiaQBank.com

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3rd July, 2015

At World Schools Athletics Championships in Wuhan Indian school children have been winning golds . India has great potential in middle-distance running .

Durga Deore 1500 m also set the new youth national record at 4:33.6. Kisan Tadvi on the other hand, comfortably raced towards victory in 3000 m with an 8:32.59 timing, finishing 30 metres ahead of the runner-up. Beant Singh clocking 1:52.20 won the 800 m .

Nurturing Excellence in Sports Trust is a non-profit organization which was started in 2013 to support young talented athletes across

the country who did not have the required resources to compete favorably at the international level and to create sports icons for the future.

NEST identifies young athletes through a stringent selection process and nurture & groom to achieve greater heights. On selection,

these athletes are provided with support through coaching, physiotherapy, food supplements and mind training.

NEST ran a crowd-funding campaign for Beant Singh and raised 114% of the targeted amount of Rs.50,000/- for Beant’s high altitude training in Ooty before the World Championship in Cali and the Youth Commonwealth Games later in September, he needs the support to train and compete with international competitors to help him increase his stamina and reach his potential.

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Kisan is a young athlete who is making big strides in the middle distance scene in India. Hailing from a humble background where his father was a farmer, the tough childhood he faced turned out to be an ideal training for long distance running. His biggest moment so far is his silver medal he won at the 2014 Youth Olympics Asian Area Athletics in China. He also grabbed a Silver in 2014 qualifiers for Asian Games held in Thailand. He has a gold in his achievement kitty that he won at 2014 National Youth Athletic Championship. His performances are going in the right direction and he is surely a name to look out for in Indian Athletics.

A product of the Eklavya Athletics Academy in Nashik, Durga Deore, at the young age of 14 has already proved to be a bright prospect for the future. A mid-distance runner, Durga’s best performance came in the National School Games in Etawah in where she came second in the 400m with a timing of 59.4 seconds and stood first in the 600m category with a time of 1:35.4. Durga also came 2nd in the National Cross-Country Championship (3km) which was held at Balewadi, Pune (2012). Durga bagged gold in the 600 metres event in the U-14 category at the West Zone Junior Athletic Tournament held in Pune (2012) and also in the U-14 All India Junior Athletics in Lucknow where she sprinted to the title leaving behind her rivals by 50 metres.Durga won Gold at the 29th National Youth Athletics Championship, 2013 and Silver at the 25th National Inter-Zone Athletics Championship, 2013 Kochi.

Beant Singh, a 15 year old middle distance runner from Haryana is making waves at the youth level and competed in his first senior event, the Federation Cup – 2014, where he finished 4th in the 800m event with a credible timing of 1:51:30. With his personal best timings of 1:51:08 in 800m and 2:27.87 in 1000m, Beant is getting geared up to set the race track on fire at the Asian Youth Championships in 2015.