In sports today, a fresh cohort of talented athletes is capturing headlines, redefining norms, and setting new standards. These emerging stars aren’t just players; they’re catalysts for change, transforming the sports landscape. Whether on the track, field, in the pool, or on the pitch, these youngsters epitomise excellence, sparking inspiration globally. Join us as we uncover their remarkable journeys, celebrating their achievements and relentless drive, painting a vibrant future for sports around the world.
Yuven Sundaramoorthy, Abel Motorsports
Yuven Sundaramoorthy, the 20-year-old racing sensation with a rich multicultural heritage, has swiftly ascended the ranks of motorsports. From early karting triumphs to a historic win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the age of 14, Yuven’s journey is marked by exceptional talent. Supported by INDYCAR driver Alexander Rossi and a robust team, he enjoys media acclaim and actively advocates for causes like autism and cancer. Beyond the racetrack, Yuven has diversified with the YS Investment Fund, inviting investors to share in his career with exclusive perks and potential returns. His dedication to racing excellence and philanthropy positions him as a rising star, both on the track and in shaping a positive impact beyond it.
Kush Maini- Indian Racer
Indian racer Kush Maini, born September 22, 2000, transitions to the 2024 FIA Formula 2 Championship with Invicta Virtuosi Racing after his Campos Racing tenure. With a background spanning Formula 4, Formula Renault Eurocup, and FIA Formula 3, Maini, an Alpine Academy member, showcases his motorsport prowess. As Mahindra Racing’s Formula E reserve driver and mentored by Mika Häkkinen, he aims to emulate family success, following the footsteps of brother Arjun Maini, and make his mark in racing’s upper echelons.
Preeti Pawar- Boxer
At 19 years old, Preeti Pawar, an emerging boxing talent, showcased her prowess at the Asian Games, securing a bronze medal and a coveted berth for the Paris Olympics 2024. Despite her limited experience at the senior level, Pawar’s journey—from the Youth Asian Championships to remarkable victories at the Asian Games—underscores her knack for causing upsets. Her wins against established boxers like Shekerbekova and Ghanghas, alongside her pivotal victory over Perijoche at the World Championships 2023, illuminate her rising talent and confidence, all at a remarkably young age.
KY Ahamed Motorcycle Road Racer
KY Ahamed, born in Chennai in 1997, is set to make history as India’s sole rider in MotoGP. Despite initial family resistance to his passion for bike racing, Ahamed’s journey from illegal street races to the professional track underscores his dedication. At 25, he’s a prominent MotoGP 3 contender, aspiring for premier races. His pride in representing India amidst 82 riders from 41 nations at Buddh International Circuit is palpable. Ahamed believes MotoGP’s presence in India will fuel opportunities for budding riders, foreseeing a brighter motorsport future. His remarkable transformation symbolises the potential growth of motorsports within India.
Som Kumar, Indian Footballer
Som Kumar, born on February 27, 2005, is an Indian footballer known for his prowess as a goalkeeper. Starting his career in Bangalore, he ventured to Slovenia in 2020, initially joining NK Bravo’s U17 team before moving to NK Krka. In February 2023, Kumar secured a contract with NK Olimpija Ljubljana’s U19 side, demonstrating his skills and earning a regular spot in the team. He’s showcased his talent in various leagues and international tournaments, notably winning the SAFF U-20 Championship twice and earning recognition as the Best Goalkeeper in 2022. Kumar’s family boasts a sporting background, with both parents excelling as former national-level badminton players.