Anju Bobby George, a former athlete, commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, December 25, for revolutionizing sports in the nation. “I’ve spent 25 years here as a sports fan. There have been a lot of changes between then and now”, the speaker remarked during a Christmas gathering held at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official house.
Anju Bobby George talked about how sports have changed during her extensive athletic career. She remembered the lackluster reception she had received in her day and how the nation and its leaders recognized the achievements of today’s athletes.
Anju Bobby George praised PM Modi
“Twenty years ago, when I won India’s first world medal, not even my department was prepared to promote me. But I’m noticing the differences now that Neeraj (Chopra) has received a medal. How we are commemorating.”
I’m envious of how India celebrated and how you are celebrating. She said, “I was living in the wrong era.
The former star athlete also discussed how women’s emancipation was starting to happen. “Every Indian girl is ready to dream, and they know that their dreams will come true one day,” she remarked, expressing her delight at India’s offer to host the Olympics in 2036.
The Prime Minister celebrated Christmas by interacting with the Christian community earlier today. George was one of the well-known guests at the function. She remarked, “I think soon we will be at the top,” complimenting the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for advancing sports.
George won a gold medal in the Afro-Asian Games in 2003. At the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, she had a personal best of 6.83 meters, good for fifth place.
She received the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honour, in 2004, the Khel Ratna in 2003, and the Arjuna Award in 2002.