Arjuna Award for Tom Joseph, four other Kerala players
KOTTAYAM: The long wait of Kerala volleyball star Tom
Joseph for Arjuna Award ended on Tuesday as the Sports Ministry recommended his
name for the prestigious honour.
Tom is one of the five Kerala players to win the award
this time around, the others being basketball star Geethu Anna Jose, athlete
Tintu Luka, badminton player V Diju and rower Saji Thomas.
Reacting to the announcement, Tom Joseph, ace
volleyball player, said though the recognition came late, he had no remorse. “Though
this award is late, I am happy,” Joseph told the media. Arjuna award had eluded
Joseph, who represented the country in many internationals, in the past 10
Joseph had led the Indian national volleyball team in
Dubai in 2000 when it won the gold medal. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy
congratulated Dronacharya Award Winner Jose Jacob, the rowing coach, and Arjuna
Award winners from the state.
Chandy said these sportspersons were Kerala’s pride
and inspiration to the young talents of the state.