Thiruvananthapuram: The tragic and premature demise of former athlete John Selvan, who fell to dying from the terrace of his daughter’s dwelling right here on Wednesday, has left Kerala’s sports activities fraternity deeply shocked and saddened.
The 67-year-old, husband of former athlete Padmini Thomas, was the top of a household that has put the state on India’s sports activities map in an enormous approach.
A prolific lengthy and cross-country runner in his heyday, Selvan had received a number of medals for Kerala and the Railways.
Remarkably, not solely the dad and mom, however their youngsters too had been inclined in direction of sports activities. The couple was the primary era of a household that has enriched sports activities within the nation. Selvan was a nationwide champion in his chosen self-discipline whereas Padmini, an Arjuna awardee, set the monitor ablaze along with her performances within the 80s and received two medals on the 1982 Asian Video games (silver in 4x100m relay and bronze in 400m).
Their daughter Diana, who herself is a confirmed athlete, is married to Joseph Clinton, an impressive lengthy jumper who received gold on the Asian Junior Championships in 2004. Their son Dany too is a distinguished sportsperson, having represented the nation within the Asian Varsity Fencing Championships held in Singapore in 2009.
In sports activities circles, they’re often called the ‘Railway household’ as each Selvan and Padmini in addition to Diana have been employed by the Indian Railways in numerous capacities.
Padmini, who served because the reservation supervisor at Southern Railway’s Thiruvananthapuram division, went on to turned the president of the Kerala State Sports activities Council.