Chennai: Indian Seafarers Welfare Organisation held a function to felicitate athlete Gomathi Marimuthu, who won 800m gold at the Asian Athletics Championship, yesterday. Taking part in the event, Tamilnadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit praised Gomathi
He said she has inspired many youngsters to not only participate in sports but also excel in them to bring laurels to the state and country.
He said since spirit of gender equality was now being actively promoted in sports, athletes like Gomathi have emerged.
In the recent year, women sportspersons such as Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Sania Mirza, Malleswari, Mary Kom, Geeta Phogat, Dipa Karmakar, Mithali Dorai Raj have done the nation proud in sports, said Purohit.
He further pointed out that encouragement for sports was growing and the presence of a large number of participants in sports indicated enthusiasm.
30-year-old Gomathi bagged the women’s 800 metre gold at the championship in Doha, clocking a personal best time of two minutes 02.70 seconds. Following her win, political parties in the State AIADMK, DMK and Congress have announced cash incentives for Marimuthu.