Double Olympian Shobha meets Telangana IT minister for house site

Two-time Olympian and national heptathlon record holder JJ Shobha finally found a silver lining in securing a location for his home after a 14-year struggle.

Shobha, 41, met with Telangana’s IT minister KT Rama Rao on Thursday at the initiative of Telangana State Sports Authority chairman A. Venkateshwar Reddy.


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Reddy had explained to Rao how the former athlete had run from pillar to post for the venue.

“I asked KTR Sir to assign me a home site as a kind reminder that many athletes have had this privilege over the past few years,” said Shobha. Sports star.

Shobha, who represented India at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and showed great fighting spirit at the Athens Games by competing in the 800m despite a serious injury after the javelin competition to finish in an 11th place in the general classification.


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She asked the minister to allocate at least 200 square meters, although many were given sites of 1,000 and 500 square meters. “The minister told me that he was not aware of the matter but that he made sure of swift and positive action as soon as possible,” said Shobha.

“Of course, Shobha deserves a fair deal having also won gold in the 4x400m relay at the 2002 Asian competition in Colombo in addition to a bronze medal and a silver medal in the Asian competition later.” , said Reddy.

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