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Kerala village cheers for its Khel Ratna

August 10, 2003 03:10 IST
Last Updated: August 10, 2003 03:11 IST

A festive mood prevailed in remote Kombodinji village in Kerala's Idukki district when news spread that athlete Beenamol had been selected for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the Arjuna Awards Committee.

For the remote village, Beenamol is not just a major sportsperson who reaped honours in the country and outside, but a symbol of development.

"It is because of her that we got a good road and other development projects. We are all happy and proud that she is getting the country's highest sports honour," a villager said.

There was a steady stream of visitors to Beenamol's home since Saturday evening with relatives and well-wishers sharing their happiness with Beenamol's father Mathew and mother Marykutty.

Beenamol, attending a coaching camp in Patiala, called up her home to talk to her parents, sister Reena and brother Biju.

'It was around three in the afternoon when we first received a call from Delhi saying that Beena is being considered for some big honour. Around six in the evening, it was confirmed," Mathew told reporters.

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Sub: Beenamol's acheivement

This is proud moment for all keralites and it is time we should think about our abilities and our overall contribution to the Nation. Instead ...


Sub: Festive mood in Kombodini

Dear Beena Happy that u got the top award for sports. U have brought glory to ur village, ur state of which I am one, ...

Posted by subbaraman

Sub: Beenamol - Kerala's pride

Being a Keralite, I feel proud and happy that Beenamol got this great honour for her outstanding performance in athletics. She deserve it. Pray that ...

Posted by sajith nair

Sub: Congrats

She deserves this award.

Posted by Titty

Sub: congretulate Beena on her achivements.

Dear Beena, I am Bonny from gujrat. When i came to know that you are awerded Khel Ratna. That thing made me to write this ...

Posted by Bonny D. Joshi



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