Olympian Anju Bobby George resigned as the president of the Kerala Sports Council, following the row between her and newly elected Kerala Sports Minister EP Jayarajan. Along with her, 12 other council members have also reportedly quit.
After submitting her resignation at a meeting of the Sports Council in Thiruvanananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, she told media persons that 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 go the way I want it to. Hence, the decision to step down,” she told reporters.
“They can kill sports, but sports persons cannot be defeated,” she added.
She also said that resignation was necessitated due to the recent controversy and she does not want to continue in the position amid differences of opinion.
Earlier, Anju complained to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan that the sports minister EP Jayarajan had allegedly threatened her. But the CM defended his cabinet colleague at a news conference.
Anju had then claimed that Jayarajan had told her that she and other members were “appointed by the previous government, hence you are all other party members”.
Jayarajan had also claimed that all members of Sports Council were corrupt, she alleged.
Subsequently she wrote a open letter to the sports minister urging him to hold a “truthful and transparent” probe into all deals that happened during last ten years in the Council. She also said that she would give back the Rs 40,000 claimed by her as flight ticket charges from Bengaluru to Thiruvananthapuram.
“A person who stood on the victory podium looking at the tri-colour with tearful eyes can ever sell sports for money,” she said pointing out that the position of the president of the Sports Council is a post without salary.