Former Indian athlete Anju Bobby George believes she competed in the wrong era. Georger, the first Indian to secure a medal in the World Athletics Championship is seemingly envious of the current generation of Indian athletes. es.
Anju’s decorated career is filled with notable accomplishments, such as winning a gold medal at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games and placing fifth in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens with a personal best of 6.83 meters.
She was also bestowed with the Padma Shri, the fourth most important civilian honor in the nation, in 2004, the Khel Ratna in 2003, and the Arjuna Award in 2002.
Recently, she praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to develop sports culture in the nation and said that, had she competed in the modern period, her achievements could have been hailed.
Anju Bobby George opens up on how Indian sports culture has evolved
During a Christmas event organized at the PM’s residence, Anju said: “As a sportsperson, I was here for almost 25 years and what I’m seeing then and now, there are a lot of changes. When I got India’s first global medal 20 years ago, even my department was not ready to give me a promotion.”
Progressive changes have been noticed in recent years, particularly after Neeraj Chopra’s Olympic triumph. During the speech, she said that she’s envious of the current generation of sportspersons.
“But after Neeraj (Chopra) got a medal, I have seen the changes…there’s a lot of changes, the way we are celebrating… how India is celebrated I envy them because I was in the wrong era,” Anju said during the event.
Anju had clinched a bronze medal in the women’s long jump at the 2003 World Athletics Championships in Paris. She also shed praise regarding the spotlight on women’s empowerment and backing Indian girls to pursue their dreams fearlessly.
Anju Bobby George talked about India’s future in the global sports arena and said: “I believe we are en route to topping global sports standings in the coming years.”