Chennai, Oct 11 : In continuing with its tradition of honouring sportspersons for their medal winning performances, the Velammal Group of Institutions today felicitated three London Olympic Medallists by presenting them a cash award of Rs five lakh each.
At a glittering function held at the school premises, Silver Medallist Vijaykumar (Boxing) and bronze winner M C Marykom (women boxing) and Yogeshwar Dutt (Wrestling) were accorded a rousing and heroic welcome by the 3,000- odd students. To mark the occasion, the Velammal Matric Higher Secondary School Management also launched a new scholarship scheme with a corpus fund of Rs one crore to create, nurture potential Olympians and mould them with adequate training to enable them to win medals in future. School Correspondent M V M Velmohan presented the cash awards to Vijaykumar and Marykom.
The school had already honoured Yogeshwar along with Sushil Kumar soon after the Olympics and he was invited today as a Special guest. Mr Velmohan said the main aim of the new scholarship scheme was to provide financial scholarships to deserving sportspersons, create a pool of talented and prospective medal winners and enhance sporting standards.
He said the school management would identify the talent and offer them specialised training to them. "All the expenses, including travel, network of support services and expert guidance will be borne by the school management," he added. The Olympic medal winners also felicitated the school toppers from Class one to 12.