Kerala Blasters striker CK Vineeth honoured with Youth Icon award

Paola Ditto
Agosto 2, 2017

Chithra, who won gold medal in the Asian Athletic Championship held in Bhubaneswar recently, was not included in the team for the World Athletic Championship being held in London. He was then sacked from the company for his low attendance.

Though the Chief Minister had appealed to the Union government to reinstate the footballer as his long leave from was imperative for his training and matches, union Sports Ministry did not heed to the appeal, the statement said.

The Kerala athlete, who has won several national and worldwide gold medals, was excluded for not meeting the timing set by the Athletic Federation of India for qualification.

The State Cabinet on Wednesday chose to provide a monthly scholarship of ₹12,000 to P.U. Chithra along with a food allowance of ₹500 a day to enable her training. Later, the state government intervened but things didn't fall into place but that situation has now changed.

The Pinarayi Vijayan government however rose to the occasion and assured all possible support to the young athlete. In this allowance, Rs 10,000 will be given as monthly allowance and Rs 500 per day will be given as food allowance.

A state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here also made a decision to employ in its services Indian footballer C K Vineeth, who lost his central government job recently due to lack of attendance.

Chitra moved the Kerala High Court which last week ordered the Centre and the AFI to ensure her participation in the world meet.

Meanwhile, Vineeth would be appointed in the government service on par with the post of Secretariat Assistant.

Vineeth had worked as an auditor in sports quota at the AG's office. However, he was terminated from service recently saying that he was irregular in his duties at the office.

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