AIFF recommends IM Vijayan for Padma Shri

AIFF recommends IM Vijayan for Padma Shri
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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has really useful legendary former skipper IM Vijayan for Padma Shri, the nation’s fourth highest civilian award.

The 51-year-old former India striker, who scored 40 objectives in 79 matches for India since making his debut in early 90s, was bestowed the Arjuna award in 2003. He was additionally awarded the Indian ‘Player of the Year’ in 1993, 1997 and 1999.

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“Yes, we now have despatched Vijayan’s identify to the Ministry of Home Affairs for Padma Shri,” AIFF normal secretary Kushal Das informed PTI.

Six Indian footballers — Sailen Manna (1971), Chuni Goswami (1983), P Okay Banerjee (1990), Bhaichung Bhutia (2008), Sunil Chhetri (2019) and Bembem Devi (2020) — have earlier received the Padma Shri.

“I’m completely happy that I’ve been really useful for the Padma Shri and I thank the AIFF for that. I will likely be happier if I get the award,” Vijayan mentioned from his dwelling in Kerala.

“I’ve served Indian soccer to the most effective of my skills and I’ve no regrets,” he added.

Vijayan, who led the Indian workforce from 2000 to 2003, used to kind a formidable pair with fellow striker Bhaichung Bhutia.

At the membership stage, he had memorable stints with Mohun Bagan, Kerala Police, the now defunct FC Cochin and JCT Mills Phagwara.

He is credited to have scored one of many quickest worldwide objectives, managing to search out the again of the online in simply 12 seconds in a match in opposition to Bhutan within the 1999 SAF Games.

He had scored 4 objectives to emerge as the highest scorer within the Afro-Asian Games held in India in 2003. It was his final look for the nation as he retired after the event.

Asked about his debut match for nationwide senior workforce, he mentioned, “I performed within the 1991 Nehru Cup in Trivandrum.”Most of the collaborating international locations in that event had despatched under-strength groups and it’s unsure whether or not the matches have been thought of full worldwide video games. Romania ‘B’ workforce received that event.

Vijayan, who used to promote soda throughout soccer video games in his dwelling city Thrissur’s Corporation stadium early in his life, started his profession as a striker with the Kerala Police Football Club on the age of 17.After hanging up his boots, Vijayan arrange a soccer academy to coach younger gamers in his dwelling city.


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