India's long-jump star Anju Bobby George got an award on Wednesday the Woman of the Year Award by World Athletics, the international governing body of athletics, for grooming and encouraging young girls to take up sports in India.
Anju Bobby George is the second recipient of this award after Ethiopia's Derartu Tulu in 2019. The award is given to recognise women. They have dedicated their lives to athletics.
A two-time Olympian, she is India's only medallist at the World Athletics Championships. winning a bronze in Paris in 2003. She is currently the senior vice-president of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). The highest post occupied by a woman in its history.
In 2016, she founded the Sports Foundation, a training academy for young girls.
Promising long jumper Shaili Singh, who won a silver medal at the World U20 Athletics Championships in Nairobi in August, is a member of the academy.
Shaili was scouted and mentored by Anju. And trained by her husband Robert Bobby George. Anju's academy is currently nurturing 13 girls.