Babykutty, Press Release:
Kerala Basketball Association takes this opportunity to congratulate Indian basketball superstar Geethu Anna Jose who added another feather to her cap by having the prestigious Arjuna Award conferred on her by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday, August 29. Geethu has done Kerala proud by winning this luminous National Award in sport.
Geetu thus becomes the 17th basketball player in India, as well as the first from Kerala, to receive this award. It was last received by Parminder Singh of Punjab in 2001. She has also become the second woman basketball player to win the Arjuna award after Suman Sharma who bagged it in 1983.
After the reception of the award, Geethu said that it was a dream come true, and a recognition for her family, coaches, well-wishers, seniors, juniors, and the Basketball Federation of India.
Kerala basketball hopes that Geethu will continue to inspire other young basketball players to follow her in her footsteps, and that her presence in Kerala in the coming National Games to be held at Kerala in Jan 2015 will surely boost the morale of the state players.
Geethu was among 15 Indian athletes nominated for this award earlier this month. She was finally chosen by the Selection Committee headed by Kapil Dev, after her fourth unsuccessful application for the same.
The Arjuna Award puts the official seal on Geethu’s well deserved legacy as being one of the most dominant basketball players in Indian history. This smart girl of 29 springs from Kollad in the district of Kottayam, Kerala, has been the pillar of Indian national women’s team for a decade and has been one of the top performers at the Asian level, the scoring machine which helped India to win gold in the 1st ever FIBA Asia 3×3 Championships held in Doha Quatar in May 2013 and also the Asian Beach Games Gold Medal at Haiyang in China. It is her expertise that helped the Indian Railways, her employer, to win the National Championships consecutively for nine times. One among the few who earned trials with the WNBA, Geethu also has played professionally in Australia and Thailand. Hats off to Geethu.