Anju Bobby George quits as president of Kerala Sports Council

Former athlete and Olympian Anju Bobby George has stepped down as the head of Kerala's Sports Council. Anju, alongside 12 other council members, submitted her resignation at a meeting of the Sports Council in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

Anju Bobby George had previously alleged that she was humiliated by Sports Minister E. P. Jayarajan when she had visited him at the Secretariat.   -  S. K. Mohan

Former athlete and Olympian Anju Bobby George has stepped down as the head of Kerala's Sports Council. Anju submitted her resignation at a meeting of the Sports Council in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. 12 other council members have also resigned.

In a press conference after the council meeting, Anju said: “Sports is beyond the purview of any party or politics.”

"I was very happy when I was given this opportunity to head the sports council. But unfortunately, things did not got the way I want it to. Hence, the decision to step down,” she added. "They can kill sports, but they cannot defeat us," Anju said.

Anju had previously alleged that she was > humiliated by Sports Minister E. P. Jayarajan when she had called on him at the Secretariat.

“It was a courtesy call and our first meeting after he took over as Minister. I had been busy with the establishment of my academy through the last several weeks and was therefore unable to meet him earlier. I was accompanied by the KSSC vice president, T.K. Ibrahim Kutty and our intention was to apprise him of the work being undertaken by the council,” she said.

“But before anything else, he just shouted at me saying that the entire council was corrupt and we all were stooges of the previous regime. He also alleged that I was putting a lot of financial burden on the council and the government by claiming air tickets for my travel to Thiruvananthapuram from Bengaluru, where I am based,” Anju said.

“I had claimed the tickets based on an order which was issued by the government. Before ending the meeting, he also insisted that all transfer orders issued by the council should be immediately withdrawn, without even showing any courtesy to listen to us,” Ms. George had told Sportstar over telephone.

She said that immediately thereafter she had called on Chief Minister Pinaryi Vijayan and complained about the misbehaviour of the Minister.

“The Chief Minister gave us a patient hearing and consoled me saying that the government held me in high regard and was appreciative of my achievements, “ she said.