The World Athletics granted the Heroic Indian athlete Anju Bobby George with the Woman of the Year award for grooming talent in the nation and for her constant support and protest for gender equality.

The 44 years old is the only Indian to win a medal in the world championship in 2003 is Bobby George with a bronze medal in the long jump was declared awarded in the world body’s annual awards night on Wednesday.

Announcement of the World Athletics

“The 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 medalist,” World Athletics announced.

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Anju’s Response in Tweet

After winning the award, India’s most noted field and track athlete Bobby tweeted “Truly humbled and honoured to be awarded Woman of the Year by @WorldAthletics

There 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.” With two smiling emoticons.

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The World Athletics Expression On Awarding Her

The World Athletics stated that her attempt in proceeding sports in India as well as motivating more females to learn and take action watching her and make her “more than a worthy recipient” of this year’s award.

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Statement of Anju Bobby in World Athletics’ Video

In a video shared by World Athletics on Twitter, Anju said, “I am really, really happy to learn that this year’s Woman of the Year Award is considering my name. As an athlete, it was a hard journey but I still believe I could reach the level which I deserve. And now it’s my turn to give back to our sport,”

“I am serving as senior vice-president of Indian athletic federation (AFI) and my academy, Anju Bobby George Foundation, is nurturing 13 women athletes — small kids — and within a short span of three years, they will all have already started their journey to the world stage.

“I thank all my supporters, all my fellow athletes, coaches, my family, federation and everyone who stood with me during my journey. Thanks a lot once again for considering me.” She added.