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North East in global racing 

TAP | Updated: October 9, 2018

When private companies take it on them to be socially accountable, vertical growth in socio-economic can be achieved. With the trend of looking out for society’s development,  companies and industries have successfully created avenues for harnessing skills and talents. 
Such is also the case with Japanese two-wheeler major Honda, which recently  picked 10 teenagers from the North East for the final round to select 20 riders from India for training in their racing academy. An initiative that can help foster relation between providers and seekers. The talent hunt competitions organised by Japanese company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) across various cities to select 20 riders, is one such initiative.
The talent hunt exercise that was organised in North East at Aizawl, saw as many as 35 riders from across the region in the age group of 13-18 years participating. It is a measure to keep up with the increasing demand of sports person from the region. The North East region is blessed with talented youths in the sports arena and there is a need to create more avenues for them to excel in their respective sports. Though motor sport racing may not be as conventional as other sports,  but it does have the potential to be one of the popular sport in a country like India where Cricket is a religion. 
The final round of selection to be held in Chennai will have the 10 shortlisted candidates from Aizawl undergo training Ten10 Racing Training Academy in the Madras Motor Sports Track. India’s best racing experts are to pick the best of these young racers from the second test. The selected ones will then compete with India’s best riders in the Honda Talent Cup at national level. North East India undoubtedly is the hub of sports in India which draw the attention of company like Honda to search for talents from the region. The region has provided many sportsperson that have represented the country in the international arena. 
Sports persons like 2012 Olympics bronze medallist, MC Mary Kom, football player Baichung Bhutia, boxer L Sarita Devi, silver medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Jayanta Talukdar, Gold Medalist and Arjuna Award winner, weightlifter K Sanjita Chanu, who won gold at the 2014 Glasgow, and most recently Hima Das, gold medallist 2018 Asian Games and Jeremy Lalrinnunga, India’s first individual gold in Youth Olympics.Hopefully in near future  there will also be an Indian icon from the North East in global racing.