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Anju Bobby George & Pullela Gopichand taken as members of Khelo India

Jun 27, 2016 12:12 IST

Anju Bobby George and Pullela GopichandAnju Bobby George and Pullela Gopichand were named as the members of Khelo India on 26 June 2016. Khelo India is a national programme launched by the Union Government for the development of sports in the country.

George, India's lone athletics World Championship medal winner and Gopichand, the chief national badminton coach are the two sportsperson who were included in the seven-member committee of Khelo India.

The committee will be headed by Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav.

Pullela Gopichand

• Born 16 November 1973, Gopichand is a former Indian badminton player.

• In 2001, he became the second Indian to win the all-England badminton champion. The first one was Prakash Padukone.

• He has been the coach of the Indian national badminton team since 2006.

• He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy.

• Awards felicitated on him include

a) He received the Arjuna Award in 1999

b) He received the Dronacharya Award in 2009

c) In 2014, he was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award

Anju Bobby George

• Born on 19 April 1977, George is an Indian athlete.

• On 22 June 2016, George resigned as the president of the Kerala Sports Council along with 13 other members.
• She won the Gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final in 2005.

• In 2005 World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo, she was upgraded to gold status from silver following the disqualification of Tatyana Kotova of Russia by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

• She was awarded Arjuna Award in 2002.

• She won the bronze medal clearing 6.49 m at the 2002 Commonwealth Games at Manchester.

• She also won the gold medal at the Asian Games in Busan. In 2001, she also won gold for triple jump and long jump in the Ludhiana National games.

• In 1999 she set the national record for triple jump in the Bangalore Federation Cup and Silver medal at the South Asian Federation Games in Nepal.

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