Indian long jump star Anju Bobby George awarded ‘Woman of the Year’


Former long jump star from India, Anju Bobby George has been awarded the ‘Woman of the Year’ title by the World Athletics. The 44-year-old legend has represented India at various events across the world. She has been awarded the prestigious honour for her efforts in advancing sports in the country and also acting as a constant voice for gender equality during her time as the Senior Vice President of the Indian Athletics Federation.

“I am really really happy to learn that this year’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award is considering my name. As an athlete, there’s a hard journey but I still believe I could reach the level which I deserve. And now it’s my turn to give back to our sport. I am serving as Senior Vice President of the Indian Athletics Federation, and my academy, Anju Bobby Sports Foundation, is nurturing 13 women athletes, small kids. And within a short span of three years, they all will start their journey to the world stage. I thank all my supporters, all my fellow athletes, coaches, my family, federation and everyone who stood by me during my journey. Thanks once again for considering me,” Anju said in her acceptance speech. 

The ceremony was hosted by marathon great Paula Radcliffe and long jump star Jazmin Sawyers and was streamed live on the World Athletics YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Sports minister Kiren Rijiju congratulated the long jump champion on her historic feat and appreciated her efforts for contributing to Indian sports.

He wrote, “Heartiest congratulations to India’s Pride Anju Bobby George for being named the Woman of the Year at the 2021 #WorldAthleticsAwards. This is richly deserved for your continuous contribution to #IndianSports. I wish you greater success in the years to come.”