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Malleshwari honoured by Maharashtra government

Chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, governor P C Alexander, Sports minister Close on the heels of states like Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, the Maharashtra government felicitated iron woman Karnam Malleshwari Tyagi for her tryst with destiny which culminated in a bronze medal in the 69-kg weightlifting competition at the Sydney Olympics. Dr. P C Alexander presented a cheque of Rs 25 lakhs on the behalf of the state government at a function organised at Nehru Center, Worli on Thursday, November 9. Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sports Minister Ramkrishna More, and State Minister for Sports and Education Anil Deshmukh were among the other dignitaries who were present on the occasion.

Karnam Malleshwari receives an award from the Mahrashtra governor P C AlexanderThe Maharashtra government also instituted the Shiv Chatrapati sports awards for the year 1997-98, which were distributed to 50 athletes on the occasion. Anjali Vedpathak, India's air-rifle shooter who participated in the Olympics, was also felicitated. Malleshwari was awarded a total amount of Rs 51 lakhs, of which Rs 25 lakhs were given to her in Mumbai. The balance amount of Rs 26 lakhs, which was collected by way of donations from corporate bodies and individual citizens, was presented to Malleshwari at a function organised at Nagpur on Friday, November 10.

Powered by sheer strength of character and undeterred by the rumours emanating from different quarters, the 25-year-old Malleshwari imprinted her name in the record books as India's first woman athlete to bag a medal at the Olympics. The Andhra Pradesh born Malleshwari is married to Rajesh Tyagi from Haryana. Hubby Rajesh, who is himself a national level weightlifter has been the guiding force behind his wife's crowning glory.

Malleshwari, who is employed by Food Corporation of India, plans to open weightlifting academies in Andhra Pradesh and Haryana. She hopes that her success in the Olympics will encourage children to take up weightlifting as a sport.

Speaking to Mumbaibest, Malleshwari said, “If you have faith in God, self-confidence and the capacity to work hard, you can achieve anything in life.” In the end, Malleshwari expressed her gratitude to her Bulgarian coach Leonid Taranenko for his able guidance. She also thanked the Maharashtra government and the masses for their love and affection.

Author's Name : Wasim Siddiqui
Photos by :Uma kadam



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