Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Veteran athlete Vellithingal Vijaya, whose inspiring story appeared in columns of The Hindu, will be felicitated by Hyderabad-based Sun-Jay’s Tennis Academy on Saturday. Tennis coach M. Sanjay Kumar said on Monday that Ms. Vijaya would be felicitated at a function to be held on the academy premises on Road No 3, Banjara Hills, and a financial assistance of Rs.10,000 would be given to the athlete.

The veteran athlete, who had bagged 35 medals in various national and international competitions had been forced to eke out her livelihood, by working as a domestic maid and running a road side eatery.

PSU offers help

A leading Public Sector Unit has too evinced interest in sponsoring Ms. Vijaya, who would be representing the country at the Asian Masters Athletic Championship to be held at Bangkok in Thailand from December 1.

Officials from the PSU on Monday contacted The Hindu and expressed their willingness to extend financial assistance and meet the expenses incurred for travelling and boarding.