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Indian International footballer from Sikkim, Sanju Pradhan was honoured with Apollo Tyres “Go the Distance Heroes Award” on Tuesday (January 26).
Through the “Go The Distance Heroes campaign”, Apollo Tyres aims to profile and gratify personalities who are positively impacting the Indian sporting ecosystem by creating access to sport for the community.
Sanju has been chosen this year because of the work he has done for “Sanju Football Academy”, an Academy launched by him with the support of some like-minded people from Sombaria, his home village.
This centre has been imparting quality football training to the boys from remote parts of West Sikkim, training them to compete in major tournaments.
Speaking to reporters, Sanju said, “I am very grateful to Apollo Tyres for choosing me as their Go The Distance Hero and giving me this Award. I dedicate this to all the football lovers of Sikkim.”
He further added that the award has motivated him to work even harder to promote football in Sikkim, especially at places where good coaching is not available.
It is important to note that the boys from the Academy currently play in various tournaments in Sikkim and Darjeeling.
They have also attended exposure camps in Himachal Pradesh and Odisha in the past.
(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)