Olympian Anju Bobby George, who resigned as the president of Kerala Sports Council after an open confrontation with Kerala sports minister, has been inducted to the National Executive of 'Khelo India,' a dream project of the Narendra Modi government. Former Indian Badminton player P Gopichand is the other member of the sports fraternity in the panel apart from the long jumper from Kerala.
"I am pleased to be part of Prime Minister's dream project," Anju said. It is a huge responsibility and will try to do everything possible in my capacity to encourage sports in Kerala, she added.
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Khelo India, the National Programme for Development of Sports, aims at identification of sports talents from the rural level and to groom them to equip them to participate in major sports events. It also envisages the development of sports infrastructure at different levels.
I am pleased to be part of Prime Minister's dream project, Anju Bobby George
The Olympian resigned as the president of the Kerala Sports Council last week after a series of controversies and a confrontation with the Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government. Along with Anju, sports personalities including Tom Jose and Preeja Sreedharan had quit the council. All of them had been nominated by the Congress-led United Democratic Front government.
Kerala Sports Minister EP Jayarajan had allegedly behaved rudely to Anju when she went to meet him officially for the first time. Hurt by the ill treatment, she approached Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and complained about the minister. But Vijayan publicly backed his minister. Later, CPM leaders, including former Sports Council president TP Dasan, who is widely tipped to replace Anju, levelled allegations of corruption against the athlete. "Deeply pained" by the allegations, the Olympian put in her papers and demanded the government to probe the allegations against the council with retrospective effort.
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In her parting shot, Anju made indirect references to the corruption in Sports Lottery, a scheme introduced by former LDF government and some projects during the left rule in the past.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:53 PM IST