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Anju gets warm farewell

By Our Sports Reporter

BANGALORE, MAY 26. "Go.... go, Anju Go!" The hall reverberated when Anju Bobby George, India's best hope of a medal at the Athens Olympics, was given a warm farewell by her sponsors Sobha Developers at the Le Meridian Hotel here on Wednesday evening.

`Passion for Excellence and Perfection' is Sobha's motto and Anju personifies it in her pursuit of an Olympic medal. Anju raised expectations with her bronze in the World Athletics Championship in Paris last year. And with her husband and coach Bobby George aiding in her preparation meticulously, her build-up for the Olympics is clearly marked. "I plan to take part in about 10 competitions before checking into the Athens Olympic village by August 1. And both the events — at Osaka and Qatar have been encouraging," said Anju with her toothy smile.

"The personal best of 6.82 metres at the IAAF Super Grand Prix in Qatar, almost 12 days ago, is a milestone and our expectations of touching the 7.00 metres mark will soon be a reality," said Bobby George on behalf of Anju. "All our preparation-cum-competitive schedules have been earmarked and we are moving in the right direction," Anju added.

A series of consistent seven metre plus jumps should put Anju in the right frame of mind and the Ostrava Super Grand Prix on June 8, where Marion Jones is expected to participate, could be the place to begin with. "We are looking at two Super GPs in June and two more in July before winding our way to the Olympic Village. And by then hopefully jump from the present world ranking of fourth to a much higher placing," said Anju.

Sobha Developers, leading real estate developers, have backed Anju's training and sporting requirements to the full and speaking on the occasion, J.C. Sharma, Managing Director, stressed on the responsibility of the corporates. "It's a matter of great honour to be supporting a talent with Global potential, " said Sharma.

Anju thanked her sponsors and ensured `to put her best foot forward come August 27.'

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