The All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) has beneficial mythical former skipper IM Vijayan for Padma Shri, the rustic’s fourth easiest civilian award.
The 51-year-old former India striker, who scored 40 objectives in 79 fits for India since making his debut in early 90s, used to be bestowed the Arjuna award in 2003. He used to be additionally awarded the Indian ‘Participant of the 12 months’ in 1993, 1997 and 1999.
“Sure, we now have despatched Vijayan’s identify to the Ministry of House Affairs for Padma Shri,” AIFF common secretary Kushal Das instructed PTI.
Six Indian footballers — Sailen Manna (1971), Chuni Goswami (1983), P Ok Banerjee (1990), Bhaichung Bhutia (2008), Sunil Chhetri (2019) and Bembem Devi (2020) — have previous received the Padma Shri.
‘Satisfied I’ve been beneficial for Padma Shri’
“I’m satisfied that I’ve been beneficial for the Padma Shri and I thank the AIFF for that. I will be able to be happier if I am getting the award,” Vijayan stated from his house in Kerala.
“I’ve served Indian soccer to the most efficient of my talents and I haven’t any regrets,” he added.
Vijayan, who led the Indian workforce from 2000 to 2003, used to shape an impressive pair with fellow striker Bhaichung Bhutia.
On the membership degree, he had memorable stints with Mohun Bagan, Kerala Police, the now-defunct FC Cochin and JCT Turbines Phagwara.
He’s credited to have scored some of the quickest global objectives, managing to seek out the again of the web in simply 12 seconds in a fit towards Bhutan within the 1999 SAF Video games.
He had scored 4 objectives to emerge as the highest scorer within the Afro-Asian Video games held in India in 2003. It used to be his closing look for the rustic as he retired after the event.
Requested about his debut fit for nationwide senior workforce, he stated, “I performed within the 1991 Nehru Cup in Trivandrum.”
Many of the taking part international locations in that event had despatched under-strength groups and it is unsure whether or not the fits have been thought to be complete global video games. Romania ‘B’ workforce received that event.
Vijayan, who used to promote soda throughout soccer video games in his house the city Thrissur’s Company stadium early in his lifestyles, started his occupation as a striker with the Kerala Police Soccer Membership on the age of 17.
After striking up his boots, Vijayan arrange a soccer academy to coach younger avid gamers in his house the city.