Dhyan Chand Award reaches star couple’s home in Kerala through Jincy Philip
Thiruvananthapuram: This year, the Dhyan Chand Award, one of the highest sports awards in the country, will reach the household of a couple that fell in love with the track.
Jincy Phiilp’s award for lifetime achievement in sports and games has given immense joy and pride to her husband, P. Ramachandran, as well. Both Jincy Philip and Ramachandran made India proud with their performance in athletics (400 metres) in the 1990s. They have received so many international medals including in the Asian Games.
Jincy has been active in sports even after her retirement from athletics. After serving in CRPF as a deputy commander, she is now a coach at SAI, Thiruvananthapuram.
Kottayam Koruthodu native Jincy Philip started grabbing attention with her performances in school athletics meets. Later she went on to be one of India’s finest athletes in 400 metres. She won gold medal in 4x400 metres relay in Jakarta Asian Championship (2000) and Busan Asian Games (2002). She also won a silver medal in Bangkok Asian Games (1998) and a gold medal in Nepal SAFF games (1999). Jincy won three gold medals and one silver medal in the World Police Meet of 1999. She also took part in the World Championship of 1999 and Sydney Olympics of 2000.
Ramachandran won silver medals in the 400 metre race in the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games. He also took part in the Sydney Olympics of 2000. Ramachandran, a Thrissur native, is currently working at the Customs Department in Thiruvananthapuram.
Jincy and Ramachandran got married in 2003. Now they are residing in Thiruvananthapuram along with their children Abhishek, Athulya and Jincy’s nephew Abel.
Jincy said that she is very happy to be honoured with the Dhyan Chand Award. “I did not have the opportunity to win the Arjuna Award when I was an athlete. But now I am getting the Dhyan Chand Award after becoming a coach. I am very happy,” said Jincy.