Gold medal winner Sreejesh expresses disappointment toward Kerela govt.

Hockey gold medalist P. R. Sreejesh expressed his deep sorrow over the lack of appreciation shown to Asian Games medal winners in Kerala on Thursday, saying that while West Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose visited his house to congratulate him for bringing honor to the nation, no one from his state — not even a village council president — greeted him.

Hockey gold medalist P. R. Sreejesh expressed his deep sorrow over the lack of appreciation shown to Asian Games medal winners in Kerala on Thursday, saying that while West Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose visited his house to congratulate him for bringing honor to the nation, no one from his state — not even a village council president — greeted him.

At the recently finished Asian Games hockey finals in China, India trounced Japan 5-1 with Sreejesh playing goalie.

“I was happy that the Bengal Governor came and congratulated me on my achievement but no one from Kerala — not even a village council member — did so. A wrong message is being sent out to the upcoming generation that even if one wins a gold medal in Asian games, none here appreciates it,” he rued.

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“Got to learn that the Haryana government has announced Rs three crore as prize for gold medal winners. When my team mate from Odisha went and met his Chief Minister, he was presented a cheque for Rs 1.5 crore,” added Sreejesh.

His displeasure follows the similar sorrow expressed by the triple jumpers Eldhos Paul, Abdulla Abubacker and shuttler H.S. Prannoy, who have all indicated that they are leaving the state for better opportunities due to the lack of encouragement or assistance from the Pinarayi Vijayan administration.

Notably, the state is surviving on loans and borrowings, therefore certain long-standing demands from medal-winning individuals remain unmet.

Sreejesh, a former captain of the national team, is currently a director at the Kerala Education department where he serves as Chief Sports Organiser.

The 34-year-old plays for Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League and is from a nearby city to Kochi. The nation awarded him a Padma Shri in 2017.

-IANS

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