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Anju and Bobby ecstatic

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, SEPT. 15. The double delight overwhelmed them. Anju and Bobby George said that they were feeling ecstatic, when they heard that they were being conferred with Rajiv Khel Ratna and Dronacharya award respectively. Anju was busy training at SAI (South) Centre when the news broke out. True professional that she is, Anju smiled and hugged Bobby, but continued with her training. It was her last stint at SAI, as she is slated to leave for Monaco on Thursday.

Later Anju said : "This is the country's biggest sports award and naturally, I feel very happy and proud. The award to Bobby makes the moment doubly sweet."

Reflecting on her career, Anju said: "It has been a long road from Chenganacheri, where I began my career. I recall with gratitude all the help and encouragement given by my parents and coaches, the National federation and our sponsor and all those who had helped me to reach this level, which I thought would never be possible, given the Indian conditions. Thank you all," said Anju.

"The nation has given something very special to us and we have to give something back to the country and I promise we will strive for it. The immediate goal is to do well at the World Championship next year and bring a medal for the country and then the Asian Games. Yes, the Olympics in 2008, also figures high on the agenda," said Anju.

Bobby George said that the Droncharya award, this time reflected the government's desire to encourage the youth. "I think I am the youngest coach to get it. I thank the federation for reposing faith in me since 2000, I have been a coach at national level. The awards, in a way, come as a big motivator for us after our disappointment at Athens. Let me assure you all, that the best is yet to come from us.''

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