“Just because some people acted with selfish interest, does not mean I have lost my integrity," she said.

After snub by Kerala government Anju Bobby George welcomed to Khelo India by Centre
news Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 16:06

Just days after she resigned as Kerala Sports Council President, athlete Anju Bobby George was on Sunday appointed as member of Khelo India, a central government project.

According to reports, Khelo India, a national programme for the development of sports in the country is based on Gujarat’s model of Khel Mahakumbh under which the schools and colleges from different parts of the country participate in about 27 disciplines.

Anju had resigned from her post in Kerala after differences with Sports Minister EP Jayarajan.

Read: Kerala Sports Minister threatened and abused at first meeting with him, Anju Bobby George tells TNM

Anju and chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand have been appointed members to the seven-member committee.

Speaking to The News Minute over phone, Anju confirmed that she had received the letter from the central government on Sunday.

“I took up the Presidential position of Sports Council when the Kerala government offered it, believing it to be my duty to support my state. Likewise, I am happy that now I have been appointed in the Khelo India committee, and consider it my duty towards the country to take up the responsibility,” she said.

Asked how she regards the appointment in view of her controversial exit from Kerala State Sports Council recently, she said that the controversy has not affected her passion for her work.

“Just because some people acted with selfish interest, does not mean I have lost my integrity. People know who I am and I refuse to surrender my integrity because of such incidents,” she said.

 

Also read: ‘Sportspersons can't be defeated by politics’: Anju Bobby George quits as President of Kerala Sports Council

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