Anju Bobby George and P. Gopi Chand have been included as members of ‘Khelo India’, a national programme for development of sports, a prestigious initiative by the Government.
Anju, a renowned long jumper, is India’s only athlete to have won a medal at the World Championships. She recently resigned as chairperson of the Kerala Sports Council along with 13 other council members in protest against the “insulting behaviour” of Kerala Sports Minister E.P. Jayarajan.
Gopi Chand, a former all-England badminton champion, is noted for his coaching skills. He has trained and mentored Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu.
Anju and Gopi Chand are the only sportspersons in the seven-member committee which will be headed by Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav.