Indian athlete Anju Bobby George wins â€˜Woman of the Yearâ€™ Award by World Athletics for grooming talent and encouraging young girls in India to take up sports and fight for gender equality.
Anju Bobby George said she was â€œTruly humbled and honoured to be awarded Woman of the Year by World Athleticsâ€.
â€œThere is no better feeling than to wake up everyday and give back to the sport, allowing it to enable and empower young girls! Thank you for recognising my efforts,â€ she tweeted.
The 2003 World Championships bronze medalist in long jump was awarded â€˜Woman of the Yearâ€™ for constantly being the voice of change in the country and guiding young girls to follow her footsteps.
â€œThe former international long jump star from India is still actively involved in the sport. In 2016, she opened a training academy for young girls, which has already helped to produce a world U20 medallist,â€ World Athletics said in a release.
Anju, a senior vice-president of the Indian Athletics Federation, coaches many young girls through her training academy, which has already assisted numerous athletes, including U-20 gold medalist Shaili Singh, to thrive in international athletics competitions.
She is also the chairperson of the Athletes Commission of the Indian Olympic Association.