Olympian Anju Bobby George resigns as Kerala Sports Council President

first_imgFollowing a spat with Kerala Sports Minister EP Jayarajan, Olympian Anju Bobby George today resigned as the president of Kerala State Sports Council. Eleven other members of the administrative board including Arjuna awardees Tom Joseph and Preeja Sreedharan also resigned today.”It is not wise to continue in this position when faced with such allegations. So I and other members of the board resign,” Anju announced to the media here.ANJU’S ALLEGATIONOn June 9, Anju had alleged that Minister EP Jayarajan had threatened her and accused her of corruption during her tenure with the Sports Council. “I had gone to meet him on a courtesy call. Instead of speaking about what we have done and what we plan to do, he said we were aligned to the previous government,” said the Olympic long jump athlete.”Sports is above any party or religion,” said Anju.Both, the Sports Minister and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had denied the allegations. After her resignation, EP Jayarajan said, “we did not ask her to resign. She wanted to resign, she resigned. Very happy. Media brought out the corruption in the Sports Council. May be she could not answer them that’s why she resigned.”Responding to allegations that her brother Ajith Marcose was appointed in the council due to her influence, Anju said “we do not have the authority to make appointments. We only act on government orders. He is a certified coach. Files can be checked to see his eligibility. I think his only ineligibility is that he is the brother of the Sports Council president.”advertisementAnju had written an open letter to the Sports Minister on June 11 requesting a probe into the corruption allegations not just during her tenure but the last ten years.last_img read more