Kiren Rijiju sanctions Rs 5 crore for Anju Bobby George's academy
BENGALURU: The Union Sports Ministry on Tuesday sanctioned Rs 5 crore to Anju Bobby George to develop the former star's Athletics Academy operating from here.
"Happy to meet Anju Bobby George, the first ever and the only Indian to win a World Athletics Championships medal (long jump bronze medal) at Paris in 2003. Today, sanctioned Rs 5 crore for her athletics academy at Bengaluru," Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted.
Happy to meet Anju Bobby George, the first-ever and the only Indian to win a World Athletics Championships medal (L… https://t.co/bTLQFVefhR— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) 1568727646000
The academy run by the Anju Bobby Sports Foundation was inaugurated by athletics legend Mike Powell during his visit to the city in May, 2016. "The academy has been planned on a five-acre plot of land which has been leased to us. Currently, we are training five athletes and as a first step we will soon start 10 athletes. Once the facility is ready, we aim to take 30 athletes and train them," Anju told TOI from Delhi.
The academy is coming up near Kengeri, around 6-7km away from the Sports Authority of India, South Centre.