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Malayala Manorama Honors Kerala Commonwealth Games Medalists | sports news

Kochi: Malayala Manorama felicitated five Keralites who made India proud by winning medals at the recently held Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at a grand function here on Friday.

As India finished fourth on the podium with a total of 61 medals, Malayali athletes accounted for six of them. Eldhose Paul and Abdulla Aboobacker who won gold and silver respectively in the men’s triple jump event, long jump silver medalist M Sreeshankar, Treesa Jolly who took home the bronze medal in badminton doubles and silver in the test for mixed teams, and PR. Sreejesh, goalkeeper of the silver medal winning hockey team, was felicitated for his excellent show at the quadrennial event.

As a token of appreciation, Philip Mathew, editor of Malayala Manorama presented a gold medal to each of them. When Treesa was away in Japan attending the BWF World Championships, her father Jolly Mathew, who is also a badminton coach, received the award on her behalf.

Athletics team head coach P Radhakrishnan Nair, vaults coach S Murali and weightlifting coach AP Datan were also felicitated. Malayala Manorama Editorial Director Mathews Varghese and Senior Sub Editor Ajay Ben spoke on the occasion.

A nostalgic reunion

The event brought together a diverse group, representing several generations of athletes, who relived old memories and reveled in the bond they shared in the past. They laughed, shared memories and clicked selfies, making it a nostalgic reunion. Those who gathered to mark the day included Dronacharya awardee and athletics coach TP Ouseph, Olympian KM Binu, former international athlete Sini Jose, former Indian volleyball players Moideen Naina, S Madhu and Tom Joseph, former footballers TA Jaffar, CC Jacob, MM Jacob and KA Anson, former Indian basketball player Subhash Shenoy and former Kerala Ranji player and cricket coach P Balachandran.

Walking down memory lane, Naina and Madhu felt nostalgic for the days when they shared a room in the Indian camp. “They were truly legends. We were afraid to go near them,” joked Sreeshankar’s mother and former athlete KS Bijimol, making the others laugh. Sreeshankar’s father and former long jumper Murali was a bundle of energy both on and off the field, he recalled. madhu


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