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Anglian Medal Hunt Company (AMHC) is the brainchild of sports enthusiasts with an objective to nurture talent across sporting fields, and to create icons for the future. The Company supports young talent to achieve international sporting success.

AMHC chooses its prospective medal winners through stringent criterion, and facilitates their training, procurement of equipment and the international exposure its athletes require. The athletes are groomed through a selective network of coaches, mentors, physiotherapists and mental conditioners.The young sportspeople are also helped financially by AMHC’s corporate alliances or marketing tie-ups that help build brand connect for its most prominent athletes.

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Founders : Maneesh Bahuguna Linkedin & Sunny NarangLinkedin


Summer of 2012, I am ready to travel to the London Olympics and just before that, along comes another Dehra Dun guy, Peeyush, and he takes me to Sunny and destiny.

That first meeting in Sunny’s room is etched firmly in my mind. The laugh reminds me of the Guns of Navarone. Like a sonic boom. I am hooked. I am trying to explain my vision of a ‘for profit company which nurtures talent for the Olympics’, as opposed to a non profit model. Sunny can’t understand it. I have to confess even I didn’t understand much about it then! Sunny’s eyes gleam when I talk passionately. He obviously thinks I am crazy. The feeling was mutual. However, as crazies go Sunny is in a different orbit. He is the Head priest! Anyway, Sunny asks me to meet Uday in London, which I do. Sunny convinces his family and brings on board a few of his friends, I rope in Peter and in the winter of 2012, Anglian Medal Hunt is born. My dream is happening. Thanks to Sunny and a few other investors. But it’s Sunny all the way, through sunshine and hell, through self doubt and despair, through investor desertions and investor buyouts, it is Sunny’s faith and patience which keeps me believing. Sunny has never pushed me, he didn’t have too, I had too much self respect and a healthy dislike for failure. Sunny has had much written about him, all I can add is that he is definitely ‘ one flew over the cuckoo’s nest’. If you have a dream which doesn’t immediately strike a capitalistic chord, you need a Sunny to back you. This world is full of dreamers and you need a person of his heart to fuel those dreams. It is not as if Sunny does not care about money or profit, he understands global businesses like nobody I know, thats his Punjabi DNA, but he is a visionary and sees stuff which ordinary mortals do not. There are people with lots of money, but he has the empathy and compassion!

And as Lennon wrote –

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”

From Sunny Narang’s Facebook Posts :

February 18th, 2018

Our camp in Jamaica was scheduled for 27 January,” says Maneesh Bahuguna, the chief executive officer of the Anglian Medal Hunt Company (AMHC) and a former Indian Revenue Service officer. “We postponed it by a week at the request of the ministry and Sports Authority of India, so that our athletes could participate in the games. We’re happy we did it. Six of our athletes participated in the games and four won gold.” In 2015-16, Ahmad had won the speed talent hunt. A competition organized by the AMHC and National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd (a multi-state, multi-purpose cooperative working to make youth economically independent) for GAIL India Ltd. He now stands a chance to win a scholarship as part of the Khelo India initiative, which could change his life in more ways than one

Livemint Article on Nisar Ahmad

Nisar Ahmad

9th January, 2018

Our co-founded company Anglian Medal-Hunt Company has scouted the talent via the GAIL Indian Speedstar in two seasons reaching out to 51 Districts in 11 States and Delhi in Season 1 and in 107 Districts in 27 States and 5 Union Territories in Season 2. Upwards of a lac candidates, both boys and girls, participated. The 3rd season is on right now. And the number of locations has increased to more than 120. The Founder CEO Maneesh Bahuguna is an ex IRS officer who took early retirement to follow his dream of scouting and nurturing Olympic talent from the furthest corners of this land. I have seen his young team led by Karan Nangia and Apurva Kaul and their fellow colleagues, work day and night to reach district capitals from Ladakh to Port Blair, Junagarh to Itanagar, arranging sports referees, equipment and managing the events and logistics across India. We need exactly such passion to search out the Eklavyas of India and get them the best Dronacharayas, anywhere, on the planet, to never be happy with mediocrity. To give the best potential of India, across class, gender, caste, religion, region, language, It’s rightful place in the sun. “In the first partnership of this nature, athletes in the 15-18 years age group from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Odisha and Delhi were selected under the initiative undertaken by the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and sports management company, Anglian Medal Hunt. The Kingston club assessed the applicants’ capabilities and potential and agreed to a four-week training programme. Ahmad, the son of a rickshaw puller and a housemaid, is among 14 budding athletes chosen to undergo a month’s training at the world’s most famous track and field club.”

13th May, 2016

It was a great joy to see a high quality event last evening for selecting the final 9 athletes from about 25,000 who had participated across 55 districts at the GAIL Indian Speedstar. It was the first such scouting event ever held in India for boys and girls running the 100 m, 200 m and 800 m in partnership with GAIL (India) Limited and National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd.(NYCS) . And to see the under-14 and under-17 boys and girls run their hearts out and come close to some of the best Indian timings at such young ages.

It was clear that amazing young talent is emerging at the youngest age-groups . Our incubated Olympic Sports start-up Anglian Medal-Hunt Company was the technical and sports partner . Prime Minister Modi also supported the event by appearing in major Delhi newspapers in the advertisement, and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley came for the event . National Selection Committee members P.T. Usha,Olympians Rachita Mistry,Anuradha Biswal and Asian and Commonwealth Games medalist,Kavita Raut and brand ambassador of GAIL Indian Speedstar Dutee Chand were there.

Among the top 9 kids selected from the National Trials are 6 girls and 3 boys: Tai Bahmane (Maharshtra) under-14 category 200,Sukhi Baskey (Odisha) under-14 100m 200m, Cynthia Francis (New Delhi) under-14 200m, Nisar Ahmed (New Delhi) under-14 100m, Nehal S (New Delhi) under-14 200m, Sanika Nate (Maharashtra) under-14 100m, Akshay Nain (New Delhi) under-17 200m, Maria Karachiwala (Maharashtra) under-17 200m and Jisna Mathew (Kerala) under-17 100m.

These athletes will be provided with a world class coaching for over a period of 4 years with an ultimate objective of one of these athletes to represent India at the 2020/2024 Olympics. Most girls were from Odisha and Maharashtra rural regions . Sukhi Baskey from Odisha made the state proud by qualifying in the National Finals 2016 of GAIL Indian Speedstar in both 100m and 200 m categories (Under 14). Sukhi Baskey hails from a small village of Odisha and has been practicing since the age of 10. Daughter of a farmer, Sukhi is staying in a sports hostel from last 3 years which is supported by the government where she is getting free training and sports equipment.

Diego Costa sets new Super Cup record

4th May, 2016


The other sports start-up we have incubated is the first such in Olympic Sports : Anglian Medal-Hunt Company(AMHC) The dream is to nurture talent with best technical and mental tools as well as mentoring and hand-holding in their career, from scouting to best in world facilities. To be a marketing and fund-raising partner to help build careers for young people with a passion in sports. AMHC has been nurturing talent for the 2016 Rio Olympics and we should have between 5-8 athletes participating this year.

But then we are already also working towards the next Olympics. GAIL Indian Speedstar is a grassroots athletics program was launched by GAIL (India) Limited and National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS) in March, 2016 at the Constitution Club of India,New Delhi. National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd.(NYCS) has tied up with Anglian Medal-Hunt Company as its Technical Partner for The GAIL Indian Speedstar project. With a goal to strengthen the sport of athletics and create a talent pool through which Indian athletics shines brightly at the 2020 Summer Olympics The program is aimed at unearthing and nurturing young talent across the length and breadth of India.

The targeted age group is 11 – 17 years in 100m, 200m, and 800m track events across. A panel of eminent sportspersons like P.T Usha, Rachita Mistry, Anuradha Biswal & Kavita Raut have been appointed in the selection committee to support selections and guide coaching camps. Earlier this year with initial trials were conducted at 55 districts across 10 states in which more than 25,000 children participated out of which 850 children made it to the State level.

The winners will be given extensive training throughout the year. The top 9 athletes will then be provided with a world class coaching for over a period of 5 years with an ultimate objective of these athletes to represent India at the Olympics.

Gail indian speed star an initiative to promote athletics

1st April, 2016

Shiva Thapa (56kg) on Thursday became the first Indian boxer to make the cut for this year’s Olympics by entering the Asian Qualifying Tournament’s final . Shiva Thapa (Nepali: शिव थापा) (Assamese: শিৱ থাপা) (born 8 December 1993) is an Indian boxer from Guwahati, Assam, India. Shiva Thapa participated in the 2012 London Olympics, and was the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics, he was only 19 in 2012 London Olympics . He is the third Indian to clinch Gold at the Asian Games.

We are hoping for few more boxers supported by us to qualify. Shiva Thapa and Devendro Singh are ranked World No. 3 by AIBA. Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan were facilitated by Anglian Medal-Hunt Company into participating in the World Series of Boxing in 2014, becoming the first ever athletes from India to take part in the league.

Congratulations to a proud father Padam Thapa and an amazing family that has been behind him, all the way !

It is now about 125 days to the Rio Olympics starting August 5. We incubated Anglian Medal-Hunt Company, the first Olympic Sports Company in the private sector in India to nurture, support, mentor, manage top Indian athletes to win Olympic Medals . We have by now 40-45 athletes targeting medals in 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

This Olympics we are hoping a contingent of 5-8 athletes supported by us will qualify. This is the first stop to the medal . Then the last lap begins, of bringing to fruition the hard work, sweat and blood, fine-tuning and top-quality coaching and facilities . Above all Chardi Kala, the attitude that we will go for it. Inderjeet Singh the Shot put qualifier,had achieved a personal best of 20.41 meters. In 2012 London Olympics the bronze went to 21.23 meters and the Gold to 21.89 meters. So Inderjeet is a possible first Indian medalist from India in the Olympics in Shot put !

Shot putter Inderjeet Singh is enjoying his training stint in the United States. It has been over a month since the athlete moved to Aphelion Athletics Club, Pennsylvania, with personal coaches Shakti Singh and Pritam Singh to prepare for the Rio Olympics. Inderjeet said he has brought a lot of positive changes in his training routine in a short period which would boost his prospects going into the Games. “When I trained in India, all I did was to push myself as hard as I could, without realising that I was burning myself out. Here at the Aphelion Club, the trainers have developed a new training schedule for me that my personal coaches and I strictly follow,” Inderjeet told Mail Today from his base in the US – “The new methodology has taught me how to channelise my efforts to get optimal results. I am very confident of putting up a good show at Rio next year. I am working on every minute aspect of my training to get the best out of me.

Inderjeet Singh (born 19 April 1988) is Indian athlete specializing in the shot put. He won the gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in 2015. He competed at the 2013 Summer Universiade and won silver medal with a throw of 19.70 metre which was his personal best at that time. He bettered the mark with a throw of 19.89 m in Indian National Games on 17 August 2013 at Patiala. On 2 October 2014, he won a bronze medal at 2014 Asian Games in Shot Put event with a throw of 19.63 m. Inderjeet Singh bagged a Gold Medal at the Asian Athletics Grand Prix Series in Bangkok, on 22 June 2015 with a throw of 19.83 m.

This was Inderjeet’s second gold in an international event this month, having won the shot put event at the Asian Championships in Wuhan, China on 3 June 2015, with a throw of 20.41m which is a new championship record. He is currently coached by Pritam Singh, younger brother of another Indian shot putter Shakti Singh.

Inderjeet Singh

US Stint will improve Olympic Prospects : Shot Puter Interderjeet Singh – India Today

Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Wikipedia

Shiva Thapa – Wikipedia

Shiva Thapa qualifies for Olympic Games – IBN Live


24th March 2016


On Tuesday was the press conference of the Gail Indian Speedstar. India has never won a single running medal in the Olympic Games. Now an interesting collaboration is happening.

I was chatting with P.T. Usha and Vandana Chanana the Executive Director GAIL for Corporate Communications and CSR about how the only way an ecology for grassroot sporting scouting will happen is when the Public Sector financial scale, Cooperative Sector network, Private Sector efficiency and fine-tuned talent nurturing and management support Sports Academies run by ex – Iconic athletes at state-levels, and links them with best-practices across the world from high-altitude training in Africa to elite coaches for specific sports from Spain to USA, Russia to France, UK to Switzerland.

GAIL is going out of its way as the youngest Navratna PSU in supporting this programme . It probably has to do with the fact that its board is the youngest of any Navratna, with almost all in their 40’s. One of our incubatee start-ups Anglian Medal-Hunt Company led by ex-IRS officer Maneesh Bahuguna with his team of sports passionistas, all young,Apurva Kaul, Karan Nangia, Adil Sethi, Alankrit Senger has been technically and logistically involved in what is the largest ever athlete scouting ever attempted.

The project, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative by GAIL, is being executed by NYCS pan-India in the age group of 11-17 in 100, 200 and 800 metres track events. National Yuva Cooperative Society has membership and representatives staying in more than 450 districts and reach in about 515, out of a total of 688 in India . In conversation with Rajesh Pande, the President of National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd.(NYCS), I was told that they have a direct reach in more than 4, 000 villages, in 26 states and union territories,out of the 36 possible.

The 10 states and the 55 districts chosen in the first year have a history of producing athletic talent . The scope will hopefully be increased every year. The vision being to get a minimum of 36 athlete probables in the next four years who will get best possible coaching, nutrition and nurturing.

The programme aims to create a talent pool which will potentially bring glory for India in athletics at the highest echelon of sporting events – the Olympics – in 2020 or 2024. The initiative in its first year, started earlier this year, with initial trials conducted at 55 districts across 10 states in which more than 25, kids participated out of which 850 finally made it to the state level camp for Selection.

The first state camp and trial was organised in Rajasthan on February 27 and 28 at Sawai Maan Singh Stadium in Jaipur where 60 boys and girls participated out of which four qualified for the National level.

The remaining state trials will be held in April. The shortlisted will then participate in the national camp, scheduled in May at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here. The top nine athletes will then be provided world-class coaching for over a period of five years. The national selection committee headed by PT Usha comprises of other eminent members like Olympians Rachita Mistry and Anuradha Biswal and Asian and Commonwealth Games medalist Kavita Raut.

About Yuva Cooperation

NYCS and GAIL launches Grasroot Athletics Programme – Business Standard


6th March, 2016


I met Lord Sebastian Coe a few months ago along with Maneesh Bahuguna who heads the Olympic Sports Anglian Medal-Hunt Company, as I am not so literate with details on track and field history.

As someone who has been a multiple world record holder and a sports administrator of the highest quality and integrity, and also a MP, Sebastian was a warm, charming and fun person to engage with. In fact his family owned the Hotel Marina in Connaught Place in Delhi, which was sold to its Indian owners now.He was recently in Albania, the ex North Korea of Europe. As he says the drab communist architecture still stands monument to starker times but is now marginalised by new buildings, brands and pavement life.

The old days of command and control are of another world. And this world is a society of personal freedoms but less cushioning from day-to-day vicissitude. Then he goes on to speak about the shorter nature of all kinds of leadership in the world now . I have met business families in Germany who believe that the quarterly reporting in the modern equity markets does not allow one the long-term vision of research and development as share-holders need to be shown quick profits, so they are de-listing. I have met sensitive bureaucrats who tell me that any head of state, PM or Presidents are now actually irrelevant the moment they win, as there are so many competing interests and lobbies, that by the 2nd year in office nothing will move . So what does a visionary leader even with great integrity do ?

As almost every one has at most a 5 year time-line, that too now continuously interrupted with the endless criticism online and offline, mostly by people who have never led anything or built any enterprise, or ever tried to make any team achieve anything . So for me meeting and conversation with leaders who want to deliver, is a gift always . And the sports sector is offering many such opportunities . As there is only merit, excellence and performance that is important . Never perfectly, but closest in collective human endeavor.

Moises Naim’s book The End of Power, which coincidentally is my current aeroplane reading, explores this theme in depth. The corollary of his treatise is that those who exercise power, whether in the boardroom, governments or combat zones, are more constrained than ever before in the ways that they can deploy it and their time at the levers of control far shorter. And in future that certainly will be the case in sport.

The ability to place current circumstances in a broader historic framework is something we should never lose. If sport has in the last few turbulent years been dragged kicking and screaming into the world of corporate governance, accountability and reform, this has also fundamentally changed the rules of engagement for the leadership of world sport. Nor is sport alone here. Naim observes, the average lifespan of the top corporate CEO has fallen to not much more than five years.

Their corporations are much more vulnerable to brand-tarnishing (tell me). And everywhere leaders are on the back foot, where they are now having to contend with pressures and demands that come from way beyond the smoke-filled rooms where in the past, deals were agreed and sealed.

The International Olympic Committee, over which Thomas Bach presides, is a very different animal than Juan Antonio Samaranch’s 30 years ago. Bach now has a plethora of competing camps, all within the Olympic movement, all more demanding stakeholders than ever before. And more prepared to challenge the status quo, and certainly less respectful of traditional leadership.

Not to mention a phalanx of Non-Governmental Organisations, all believing they have skin in the game because it adds lustre and column inches to their otherwise less exciting lives. All this poses greater challenge to the concept of autonomy and independence that sport has long clung to. Samaranch’s era was less complicated.

There were fewer moving parts and greater acquiescence to top down directive and yes, less accountability and transparency. But it was of an age when institutions were at best thought to be virtuous and at the very least, benign. My children and those under 35 are of a generation that no longer accepts this nostrum. On balance, that is a good thing. Lord Sebastian Coe: Lord Sebastian Coe is a British politician and former track and field athlete. As a middle-distance runner, Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984. He set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle-distance track events – including, in 1979, setting three world records in the space of 41 days – and the world record he set in the 800 metres in 1981 remained unbroken until 1997. Coe’s rivalries with fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram dominated middle-distance racing for much of the 1980s.

Following Coe’s retirement from athletics, he was a member of parliament for the Conservative Party from 1992 to 1997 for Falmouth in Cornwall, and became a Life Peer on 16 May 2000. He headed the successful London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and became chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. In 2007, he was elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and re-elected for another four-year term in 2011.

In August 2015 he was elected president of the IAAF. In 2012,Coe was appointed Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University where he had been an undergraduate, and is also a member of the University’s governing body. In November 2012 he was appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association. In 2012 he was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the IAAF Hall of Fame.

Coe was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December 2012. Coe was appointed the first chairman of FIFA’s independent watchdog, FIFA’s ethics commission. The commission will judge all cases alleging conflicts of interest and breaches of FIFA rules. The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States,Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be: Moises Naim , 2014 We know that power is shifting: From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women.

But power is not merely shifting and dispersing. It is also decaying. Those in power today are more constrained in what they can do with it and more at risk of losing it than ever before. In The End of Power, award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. Drawing on provocative, original research, Naím shows how the antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis. Naím deftly covers the seismic changes underway in business, religion, education, within families, and in all matters of war and peace. Examples abound in all walks of life: In 1977, eighty-nine countries were ruled by autocrats while today more than half the world’s population lives in democracies.

CEO’s are more constrained and have shorter tenures than their predecessors. Modern tools of war, cheaper and more accessible, make it possible for groups like Hezbollah to afford their own drones. In the second half of 2010, the top ten hedge funds earned more than the world’s largest six banks combined. Those in power retain it by erecting powerful barriers to keep challengers at bay. Today, insurgent forces dismantle those barriers more quickly and easily than ever, only to find that they themselves become vulnerable in the process. Accessible and captivating,

Naím offers a revolutionary look at the inevitable end of power—and how it will change your world. About the Author Naím, scholar and columnist, explains that “power is what we exercise over others that leads them to behave in ways they would not otherwise have behaved. He builds his case for the decay of power claiming that power no longer buys as much ; it is easier to get, harder to use, and easier to lose.

Presidents, executives in financial services and oil companies, international religious leaders, and politicians continue to wield great power, but less so than their predecessors ; today’s leaders have more challenges, competitors, and constraints in the form of citizen activism, global markets, and the ever-present media. The decay of power has made space globally for new ventures, companies, voices, and more opportunities, but it also holds great potential for instability. Naím concludes that now we are more vulnerable to bad ideas and bad leaders, and strongly recommends a conversation not on the obsession with ‘who/what is Number One’ but ‘what is going on inside those nations, political movements, corporations, and religions.

Sebastian Coe – Wikipedia

Why you will never see another Sir Alex Ferguson – Telegraph UK

The End Power Boardrooms – Amazon


22nd February , 2016


I am loving it. The boxers, regardless of gender and weight category, are always fighting .
Keeping my bias, upfront, we are full on supporting Pinky Jangra, the Challenger to Mary Kom via Anglian Medal-Hunt Company, we also did support Sarjubala Devi earlier.

Whoever qualifies, I am delighted that there is now a pipeline of aggressive talented women boxers , fighting each other on and off the boxing ring.

The rivalry between Mary Kom and Pinki Jangra refuses to die. The two are on a collision course to decide who will represent India in 51kg flyweight category at next month’s Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers to be held in Quinian, China, from March 23 to April 3.
For that to happen, Jangra will first have to defeat her senior Railways teammate Sarjubala in another selection trial on February 19-20 in Patiala. If Sarjubala is victorious, it could be the end of the road for Jangra for the Rio Olympics. Sarjubala’s win will give Mary Kom a direct entry into the qualifiers.

When reminded of the same here on Friday during a promotional event, Mary Kom seemed a bit irked. “Kaun Pinki? Mujhe maaloom nahi hain (Who is Pinky? I don’t know who she is). Whoever I face in the ring, that will be my opponent. Why am I asked about Pinky all the time? Winning just one medal in the Commonwealth Games is not a big achievement. She is not a strong opponent. There are many strong opponents. The best person will be going to Rio, Mary Kom told TOI on Friday .

Pinki Jangra is all but certain to challenge five-time world champion MC Mary Kom in the first week of March after ‘winning’ her rematch against Railways’ teammate Sarju Bala at the Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports in Patiala.

DNA has learnt from boxers and officials present there that both Pinki and Sarju Bala gave their all during this much-hyped bout in the 51kg weight category on Friday. Though the result has been sealed in an envelope and will be sent to Delhi, where it is likely to be announced in a day or two, Pinki has clear edge over her opponent.

The Haryana pugilist will take on Mary Kom in the first week of March (either 3rd or 5th), either in Patiala or Delhi, for a place in the Indian team to seal a berth for next month’s Asia-Oceanic Olympic Qualifiers to be held in Quinian, China, from March 23 to April 3.
Pinky’s victory would certainly mean some sleepless nights to the 2012 London Games bronze medallist, given the history of showdowns in recent years.

Mary Kom, who won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Games where women’s boxing made its Olympic debut, said last year in August “Rio would be a tougher proposition given that the size of draw is expected to be bigger.”

Qualifying for the Rio Games would be tough and winning a medal would be even tougher. I am trying all I can to qualify for the Games,” said the pugilist who was here to felicitate podium-finishers of the recent Special Olympic Games where India claimed 173 medals.

The cast of characters :

A Queen of Indian Boxing , 33 years old, with big sponsorship deals and a film already made on her , from a small tribe called Kom with a population of about 15,000 in Manipur . The majority of the community are Christian.

The Challenger, 25 years old , was nicknamed ‘Giant-Killer’ after she became first Indian pugilist to defeat Mary Kom in National Championship . She is National Games and Championship Gold Medalist in Fly weight (51kg) category in 2011, 2012 and 2014 respectively. Her major target is to qualify and win medal in Rio Olympics 2016. A Jat from Haryana.

In 2009 Four-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom of All India Police Board lost to Pinky Jangra of Haryana in the quarterfinals of the 46 kg class, made a scene after the bout and earned the wrath of the Jury which decided to slap a suspension pending a final decision at the general body meeting at Hyderabad.

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award winner stormed out of the ring towards the officials and charged them for being hand in glove with the Haryana lobby to finish her off and even used abusive language after she was declared lost on judges decision 1-4.

In fact both Mary and Pinky, an up and coming college student from Hissar, tied 9-9 at the end of four rounds. To identify the winner, individual judges’ scores were taken where the two tied 15-15.

The Challenger to the Challenger , Sarjubala Shamjetsabam Devi , 22 years , was born in farmers family in Manipur . By being inspired from the stories of Mary Kom’s success she joined boxing at school in 2005, after two years later, she joined a Sports Authority of India training centre in her city, Imphal India.

She won the world youth championships in 2011 and later went on to win the senior national championships the same year. In the Olympics in 2016, she is expected to a be serious medal prospect.

Pinky Jangra Shocks Mary Kom – The Hindu

“Who is Pinky”, asks Mary Kom – TOI

Pinki Jangra all but certain to challenge Mary Kom – DNA India

“Qualifying for Rio tough, winning a medal tougher” says Mary Kom – TOI


21st February , 2016


At the GAIL Indian Speedstar event in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium .

I prefer stadiums to universities any day. More than 700 kids 11-17 tried out for 100 m,200 m and 800 m from Delhi and Faridabad .

Met the coordinators National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd.(NYCS) , which is a membership driven cooperative working with youth in almost 513 districts , in micro-credit (loans mostly under Rs.50,000/-) , entrepreneurship development , skill training . It has more than 13,000 members , and elections every 3 years.

With me in the photo are Maneesh Bahuguna, the Founder-Director Anglian Medal-Hunt Company which is the Technical partner for this event and Prakash Sahu , a senior member of the NYCS , an advertising professional, who hails from Ganjam District, Odisha .
This event is happening in 10 states and in more than 50 districts , scouting best athlete talent in India. There are ex-athletes as coordinators, referees in every district associated .
Great to see a pyramid and ecology developing from district to national levels.

The best athletes selected will get the best possible training opportunities funded by GAIL .
We in India need many such collaborative partnerships that last multiple years . This one is of a Public Sector Giant , a National Youth Cooperative and a specialist private professional sports company.

Good seeing you Karan Nangia , great job. Hope you guys are surviving the 50 plus district fast-track exposure , Adil Sethi, Alankrit Senger . I do see your posts from Coorg to Jhunjhunu to Kochi to Thiruvanantpuram.

And the base-camp lady-in-charge Apurva Kaul , the one that keeps the hub under control !


11th February, 2016


Great to see a professional Olympic sports management company Anglian Medal-Hunt Company , a Public Sector giant Gas Authority of India Limited and a youth non-profit NYCS (National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd.) collaborating to scout athletic talent across 57 districts in its first year.

And the District Collectors are involved in the process in every district . So even the bureaucracy is collaborating.

The talent search will be in 100 m, 200 m and 800 m . Between the ages of 11-17 , among both boys and girls.

Spread across 10 states , every state has an athlete as a coordinator and a group of athletes , coaches , physical instructors in each district to scout the talent.

GAIL- Indian Speedstar, athletics hunt began on 9th February at the General K.S Thimayya Multipurpose Sports Complex, Coorg , Karnataka.

Mr. Ahmed, District Collector- Coorg inaugurated the event. The participation was way above expected.

More than 780 kids participated in 100, 200 and 800 meter events out of which 24 have qualified for the State level trials which will be conducted on 27-28th of February, 2016.
After the states there will be a final selection at the national level , and the top talent will receive top national coaching and even global opportunities.

Athletes like P.T.Usha and Kavita Raut are among the sports persons involved. India needs more and more such collaborative partnerships across sports , in every district to find budding talent and then give them regular training and nurturing.

One can see more and more organisations across public, private , non-profit sectors emerging with support . And even professionals from across fields are joining in to build the new sporting ecology.

Great work Maneesh Bahuguna , Apurva Kaul , Adil Sethi, Karan Nangia and Alankrit Senge .


13th October, 2015



Congratulations Padam Thapa , your son has done well ! Best of luck for the qualification for Rio 2016.

Shiva Thapa is only the third Indian after Vijender Singh (2009) and Vikas Krishan (2011) to fetch a World Championships medal.

I have been watching sportspeople and athletes over the past few years as co-founder of Anglian Medal-Hunt Company. We started in 2012 end . At that time there was little corporate or state support , and almost no crowd-funding platforms.

There was Olympic Gold Quest a non-profit based in Mumbai doing sterling work . But in a country the size of India one needs many more , at least one big support agency in each zone . We are a for-profit , the first Olympic Sports support start-up , and are now supporting about 40 athletes in various sports.

Not just great nutrition and physical coaching , but counselling , career guidance , mind training and much much more is needed besides just funds. And all good quality.
What a change it has been since then . From private sponsors to corporations to online funding campaigns to the Governments TOP programme , now Indian sportspeople have a better chance.

The other evening I met the President of the Nepal Athletics Federation and he was surprised how so many young talents were emerging from India in Asian athletics . The story has begun , and there are many aged 12 and even younger children breaking all kinds of records.

There will be many disappointments , as you are as good as your last performance and it is a grueling life . But India has a big youth population and it is time , the State , the Businesses , the People and Communities , the Families and Friends cheered every step .
To aspire for excellence , is the only way to overcome the overwhelming mediocrity of the time since Independence under all the petty-politicking.

We have to build many more coalitions across all kinds of interests and communities .
And we need responsible, sensible , creative and nurturing leadership.

Great job Maneesh Bahuguna , an ex Income Tax Commissioner and Managing Director of a Goa Public Sector Company who took VRS so he could follow his passion . He leads Anglian Medal Hunt.

Asian bronze medal-winning pugilist Shiva Thapa fought his heart out but still fell short in a draining contest, settling for a bronze medal at the World Boxing Championships in Doha on Sunday, but he remained in contention for a Rio 2016 Olympics berth.

Thapa (56kg) lost 1-2 to Uzbekistan’s Asian silver-medallist Murodjon Akhmadaliev in a closely-contested bout.

However, he is still in the running for an Olympic spot as the losing semifinalists will fight a playoff on October 15 to decide the last of the three slots in this category. “It’s a part of the game, I gave it my all but it was not my day. I still have a good chance of making the Olympics so I am looking forward to that,” a disappointed Thapa told PTI.

The 20-year-old Assam lad will face Dzmitry Asanau in the all-important contest after the Belarussian went down to third-seeded Irish Michael Conlan in his semifinal bout.


19th April , 2015


Khushbir Kaur

The first Indian girl to qualify in the 20 km Race Walking event at the Olympics. And from a small village in Punjab.

National women’s 20km walk record holder Khushbir Kaur clocked 1:33:58, better than Rio 2016 qualification time of 1:35 at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge at Rio Maior in Portugal

From a small village near Amritsar , Rasulpur Kalan , Khushbir belongs to an agricultural family . The Anglian Medal-Hunt Company has been nurturing her since February 2013 .
Khushbir Kaur became the first Indian woman to clinch a 20 km Race Walk silver medal in the Asian Games by bettering her personal best and setting a new national record in the process. The 21-year-old from Amritsar clocked 1:33:07 to improve on her previous personal best of 1:33:37, which was also the national record, to finish second at the Marathon Course.


31st January,  2015


Anjana Thamke and her mother at their home

The future for a track medal for an Indian in the Olympics is most probably in middle-distance running , probably a woman , and most probably from a tribal or a rural village . Read how towns like Nasik are emerging as scouting and coaching hot-spots for middle-distance running.

Over the last seven Olympic men’s 100m races, for example, all 56 finalists have been of West African descent (though they came from different countries—Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the US, Canada, etc). But no one who actually grew up or trained in a western African country is on that list. “You need access to infrastructure, you need a culture of that sport, you need a large number of people to be interested in that sport and to want to make a career out of it,” Raut says. “Otherwise, it’s just like us, we have a huge population, and very few Olympic athletes.”

Since 1960, Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries in the world and with little sporting infrastructure to speak of, has won 44 Olympic medals in races 3,000m or longer. Most of these medals came in the last 15 years. India has never won a track medal at the Olympics, and its athletes hardly ever qualify for the race finals.

Indian athletes are much closer to Olympic qualification times in distance running. Raut’s best timing in 10,000m, 32.41.31, meets the Olympic qualification mark. Along with Raut, the most successful track athletes in the last decade have been Tintu Luka (800m, silver at the 2014 Asian Games), Preeja Sreedharan (10,000m gold, 5,000m silver at the 2010 Asian Games) and O.P. Jaisha (1,500m bronze at the 2014 Asian Games). In comparison, India’s national record time for men’s 100m is 10.30 seconds, outside the top 2,500 timings globally (Kenya has an equally poor 100m best, 10.26 seconds).

The Anglian Medal-Hunt Company too is looking at Kenya, and plans have been made, Bahuguna says, to send young athletes with them to the High Altitude Training Centre in Iten run by Kenyan-origin Dutch Olympian Lornah Kiplagat. The groundwork to send four athletes to a US university on National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) scholarships, including Jadhav, is under way too. “What is more romantic than a track medal at the Olympics?” asks Bahuguna. “Just think of Usain Bolt, Mo Farah or Florence Joyner. A track medal is the ultimate dream.

Dream Run – Live Mint


30th October, 2014


Khushbir Kaur became the first Indian woman to win a medal in race walking in the Asian Games when. she clinched silver in 20km event . The 21-year-old from Amritsar clocked 1:33:07 to finish behind Lu Xiuzhi of China, who won the gold in 1:31:06.

Khushbir is from Rasulpur Kalan, which is small village located in Amritsar district, Punjab with a population of about 4,000 ! I met her in 2012 when she was 19 years old with her father who had come to Delhi to meet us, so we could meet her. He refused to even take the taxi fare we were giving , as he said that we can afford that if you can support her !

I remember clearly that when we spoke about supporting walkers , everyone looked at us if we were from Pluto ! But we knew the coaches and the passion .

Khushbir Kaur broke her own national record in the Women’s 20km Walk during the Asian Walking Championships in Naomi, Japan in 2014 with a timing of 1:33:37sec. She had earlier created a national record in the 2013 IAAF championships in Moscow.

She has notched up junior national records in the 5km and 10km event as well. After a string of successful performances in the national junior circuit, she has performed well in the international circuit – finishing 2nd in the Youth Asian Games and 3rd in the Junior Asian Games (2012).

When Anglian Medal-Hunt Company was being conceptualized, we wanted to create a venture that can identify, nurture and groom potential medal winners, supplementing the efforts of the Ministry of Sports, Sports Authority of India and the respective federations; And also create a unique synergy of passion and commerce.

The nature of democratic political and bureaucratic systems is such that there can be no long term strategic thinking and operational teams as elections and service rules keep everyone on a perpetual roll . So anything beyond a 5 year horizon needs some other kind of sustainable institution building . It can be co-operative, private or public-private , but outside the realm of the modern circus of 2-5 year vision. Actually in this the most ruthless hedge-funds and governments are in the same boat. And NGO’s live year to year on projects . In USA its the school and university systems , in China the state . So who and what will take the long term and mid-term strategic view ?

That is still a total open question in India. The politician system has failed.

And its not about instant Gold Quests , its about bettering ourselves , national record breaking, Asian record breaking and then Olympics and World. It will not happen overnight and the fickle Indian temperament will refuse to support defeats and the process of iterative improvement.

Out of our 17 athletes who went to the Asian Games, 6 returned as medal winners. And the number is even more remarkable when it comes to the Commonwealth Games, in which 8 out of the 11 who went. This all in about 2 years.

We felicitated all our medal winners in our annual dinner on Monday the 27th . We have managed to bring Global brands like Benetton , Samsung and are now in talks with many local industrialists to support Indian talent through this long marathon . We are also in conversation with PSU’s.

We need new hybrids and best-practise training and coaching , grassroots scouting, decent jobs to encourage a culture of excellence and world-beaters.

We have managed to create a platform in Delhi of many people in sports , media, sports marketing (till now mostly cricket !) , coaches, ex-sportspersons, ex bureaucrats and sports federation officials , businesses to keep talking to each other.

As I say I am a great believer in ‘Coalition Entrepreneurship’ . Raghupati Singhania, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, JK Tyres, was the Chief Guest and has been supporting motor-sports .

Khushbir kaur – Anglian Medal Hunt

Asian games : Khushbir scripts History, wins Silver in 20kms Race Walk – The Hindu


29th September, 2014


M.R. Poovamma

M.R. Poovamma is an MBA, and a lovely energy. A quiet confidence and persistence which I am now seeing in many young Indian sportspeople. And as someone wrote in comments on NDTV, Anil Jose Joseph Neriamparampil from National Defence Academy, Pune comments on the day’s results on NDTV – “We need to show more respect to all our athletes. Whilst we all love to see more gold (or for that matter more medals) our criticism should be a little more focused. Today as a nation we are competitive in a lot more disciplines than we were a few years back, but sadly unable to convert them to enough medals. The difference between gold silver or even someone finishing fourth and fifth is very little in a number of cases. We exalt the Gold medal winner, maybe even the Silver and Bronze winner but hardly anyone rewards or talks of the athlete who finishes fourth fifth or say in the top 8. If an athlete has qualified on his or her own terms and then performed at his or her best — say a personal best or a national record etc — that should be the true measure of an athlete’s performance.- and such athletes also need to be rewarded by the association as also state govts/ corporate etc Only when we learn to respect what the athlete has put in – would we truly deserve our heroes. Lets not be disparaging (criticism should be constructive and impartial) but truly appreciative of what the athletes put in.”

We at Anglian Medal-Hunt Company are happy that such supportive sports lovers are increasing by the day in India .


26th September, 2014


In a country starved for icons, success in sports is breaking age-old rules for young women. Even Khaps will celebrate a medal .

Two woman wrestlers. Both from Haryana . One 20 the other 24 years old. Both have their events tomorrow, 27th September, 2014 at the Asian Games at Incheon. And we at Anglian Medal-Hunt Company are supporting both !

A state with the country’s worst sex ratio (879 women every 1,000 men according to the 2011 census) and a worsening child sex ratio (just 834 girls for every 1,000 boys). Of the seven-member women’s wrestling squad at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, five – Geetika Jakhar, Babita Kumari, Vinesh Phogat, Lalita, who goes just by her first name and Sakshi Malik – hail from the state. In boxing, too, two of the three pugilists who boarded the plane to Glasgow – Pinki Jangra and Pooja Rani – belong to Haryana.

Vinesh Phogat (48kg Freestyle) made the country proud by winning a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow. She is from Balali village.
Balali village, which gained fame in Haryana as the ‘Geeta-Babita Village,’ after the daughters of Mahaveer Phogat excelled at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 Olympics, has another reason to rejoice. Now, Vinesh, their first cousin, has been selected in the squad for Glasgow in the 48kg category.

Even if a knee operation has kept elder sister Geeta out of action, her 20-year-old cousin has ensured that the family’s share in the women’s squad hasn’t taken a dip.

The village is now suddenly very fond of the Phogat sisters. So much so, that their mother won the village sarpanch elections four years ago. “The popularity of my daughters helped me emerge triumphant in the elections,” says the mother, Daya Kaur. When Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler, first thought of training his daughters in the sport, the villagers were up in arms. “They were dead against the idea of girls slugging it out with the boys in a mud pit. But gradually, when the girls began winning medals, their mindsets changed. Now they took a renewed pride in Geeta and Babita,” says their father.

Phogat recalls the time when the two had a tough time finding other girls in the village to spar with. Without any other option, they practised with their male cousins. “In village dangals, not only did they compete, but began defeating the boys,” recalls Phogat. But then Geeta won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and the villagers began to bask in reflected glory.

Babita Kumari (55kg freestyle) in 2012 she won a bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships in Strathcona County and became the second Indian woman to do so. At this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she finished with a gold medal. She is from Bhiwani . Bhiwani is also the centre where most of our medal winning boxers are from.


31 July 2014

7th medal confirmed out of Anglian Medal-Hunt Company-Eleven. Devendro ousted a Scot favourite !

Our 6th was earlier in the day when Pinki Rani beats Jacquiline Wangi of Papua New Guinea to enter semifinals of Women’s Fly (48-51kg) category. Pinki had defeated Mary Kom to qualify.

Both will be fighting for the silver now. It has been shooters and boxers , both men and women for us. Expecting an athletics one for the 400 metre women’s relay.


17th July, 2014


We started end 2012 as the first private initiative by a coalition of investors to build a 360 degree company that nurtures, looks after the interest and sponsorships of upcoming athletes. To get them support via whatever way , endorsements or CSR and get them to engage with great coaches, mind-trainers and get regular nutrition consultancy. To add value to what the state is already doing , with another level of personalised and customised attention and where-ever possible global training and match-day experience.

The Anglian Medal Hunt Company is run by professionals from the sports management industry headed by Maneesh Bahuguna , himself an ex hockey player , ex Income-Tax Commissioner and ex MD of Goa Infrastructure State-owned enterprise with great expertise in Public-Private Partnerships.

We are more a Public-Private-Professionals-Professors-People-Partnership ! With many offering their time, energy and passion Pro-bono.

We have managed to get a 16 year old tribal girl high-altitude training for few weeks every year, in Kenya till 2016 Olympics . We have got companies like TK Sports ( India ) and UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON to endorse young athletes.

As of now we have 30 athletes from below 10 years old to about 30 adults, 11 are going to try for the medals in #CWG2014 #Glasgow2014 best of luck #TeamAMHC

30th September, 2013

Our strategy is simple. Catch them young, focus on confidence-building exercises, customised diets and high-altitude training abroad. And follow a sustainable profit model,” said Maneesh Bahuguna, CEO, AMHC, speaking to Business Line. “We aim to train 50 sportspersons by summer next year,” added Bahuguna, A former civil servant. The sportspersons will be offered long-term contracts with an exit clause, under which AMHC promises to bear all medical expenditure. Anglian Medal Hunt differs from other such initiatives, which are not-for-profit affairs and depend on corporate donations. “We do not want to depend on others for funds. We are following a ‘for-profit’ revenue model, which presumes that some of these sportspersons will win medals at the Asian and Commonwealth Games, and finally at the big one, the Olympics. This, in turn, will unlock endorsement value, which will bring in profits,” said Bahuguna.

To begin with,the company will focus on identifying and grooming talent in boxing, shooting, badminton, swimming and athletics. Thus far, it has roped in 12 sportspersons, including players who did well in the last Olympics, such as boxers Shiva Thapa, Devendro Singh, Gaurav Bhiduri and Sarjubala Devi. Other sportspersons on the roster include athletes Neetu Kumari, Navjeet Kaur Dhillon and Khushbir Kaur, and swimmer Vaania Achuthan. “We are committed to supporting these sportspersons for the next seven-eight years, considering we have chosen some as young as 11,” added Bahuguna. On immediate goals, Bahuguna said he hoped the sportspersons would win one or two medals at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games next year. “Based on this performance, we will zero in on our targets for the Rio Olympics,” he added.

Olympic medal hunt

31st August, 2013 I have by now met a few women shooters. They are tough and concentrated . Whether in jobs, studying fashion or mothers. There is steel in them. Anisa was in a Railways job growing up in Pune. Now she is married and based in Faridabad . “Meet Anisa Sayyed, a seasoned 25m shooter who represents Haryana. She holds the national record with an unbeatable score of 585/600. She is a Commonwealth gold medalist, winning it both in the paired and individual events during the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth. Anisa is currently training hard for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. But her main focus is to represent India at the Olympics and bring home Gold.


23rd July, 2013


Being involved, first with Anglian Football, then with Olympic Sports Anglian Medal-Hunt Company and finally with sports-marketing and endorsements Anglian Management Group,I now have a 360 degree view of professional Indian sports. I can clearly see how outside of cricket, it is women who are the face and success of India in sports.

In football women are rated in 50’s while men are in the 140’s in global FIFA ranking . In Medal-Hunt, almost 65% of our athletes are girls and women. Look at the three contemporary sport icons. All three are from middle-class and lower families and are just about or less than 30 .

This is the majority of Indian population now. They are not female film-stars playing second-fiddle to any macho hero . They are highly successful and have global excellence . And each one is raking it in. Mary Kom being from Manipur has made the least but at about 12 crores not counting the Priyanka film on her, it is not chicken-feed.

Sania and Saina will be making upwards of 50 crores soon. Tum banoge karodpati, aur sara zamana pyar-mohabbat bhi karega tumse, zara sar uthao aur mehnat karo. Aur lage raho. And these three are like Amar, Akbar, Anthony – just real. Saina, Sania, Mary- there is something about them !

Sania Mirza, 26, is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 7 in doubles. She is the first Indian female player to surpass US$1m in career earnings ; first Indian to win a WTA Tour title of any kind ; and, by winning the 2009 Australian Open – Mixed Doubles Event, became the third Indian, male or female, to win a Grand Slam title. Mirza has also won the 2012 French Open – Mixed Doubles Event (her second Grand Slam title).

Saina Nehwal, 23, is an Indian badminton player who attained a career best ranking of 2 in December 2010 by Badminton World Federation.

She is India’s highest-paid non-cricketing sportsperson as on September 2012. In London Olympics 2012 she created history as she became the first Indian ever to win an Olympic medal in badminton. Playing her bronze medal match against the World number 2 of China Wang Xin of China. On 21 October 2012 she became the second Indian to win the Denmark open by defeating Juliane Schenk of Germany.

Mary Kom, she is a five-time World Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category.


8th July, 2013

Maybe it is a year ago that Maneesh Bahuguna, an-ex Income-Tax Commissioner, came with a dream. It took us about 6 months to finalise the funders and structure a vision into a company