KANNUR: Arjuna Award declaration brought smiles back on the faces of everybody at Chavassery in Iritty, where Tintu Luka’s family is residing now in a rented house. The star athlete’s poor show in the Common Wealth Games (CWG) had cast a pall of gloom over her family and well-wishers.
But the shadows gave way to cheers and smiles as friends and relatives flocked her house to share the joy of Arjuna Award.
“The disappointment over the Commonwealth Games performance is a thing of the past now,” Lizy Luka, mother of Tintu, told ‘Express’. “We are extremely happy to hear the news.”
The rented house at Chavassery, near the plot where the family is building a house, was full with relatives, friends and local people. The athlete’s father Luka and two siblings were busy welcoming relatives, mediapersons and answering phone calls.
“Tintu was saddened by her performance in the Commonwealth Games. She shared it when we met after the games. I hope the Arjuna Award would be a morale booster,” Lizy said.
“Tintu Luka deserved the honour for overcoming all the predicaments and hardships. This is a great achievement and she deserved it,” said Iritty MLA Sunny Joseph. “This is the reward for taking extreme effort for achieving her great goal. She made everyone proud by going against all odds and overcoming the adverse circumstances.
The government and the people of the country are now honouring the great talent.”
A house is being built for Tintu in a plot allotted by the government. It is in the final stage of completion. On this occasion, the Arjuna Award has doubled the happiness, Sunny Joseph