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Manimaran is awaiting his share of recognition from the state government

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Trichy: Winning a silver medal in the Asian powerlifting championship for the second year in a row, a 46-year-old driver from the Tamil Nadu Forest Plantation Corporation Limited (Tafcorn) is awaiting his share of recognition from the state government.

A Manimaran reached Trichy on Sunday after winning in the championship held in Hong Kong. He was received by well-wishers and other athletes, but neither the state government nor Tafcorn has announced any cash reward yet. While appreciation is pouring in from all sides, Manimaran is undergoing treatment for a muscle injury in his right arm during his attempt to win the gold. Manimaran is looking for recognition for his hard work. “I will be happy if my employer recognises me with a promotion and cash reward. This recognition will encourage many athletes who are waiting to prove themselves in the international arena,” he said.

Tafcorn MD K V Giridhar said that the management will recognise his achievement by announcing cash reward and he will recommend the same to the Tafcorn board. Asked on the possibility of promotion, he said that there is no provision in the corporation, but he will certainly get a cash reward for making the country proud. Speaking to TOI, H Malleshappa, principal chief conservator of forests, Tafcorn, said that he will get a proposal from the managing director and recommend the same to the state government. Manimaran now feels reassured that his case will be taken to the state government apart from prospects of a promotion.

Manimaran joined Tafcorn as driver in 2009. He developing interest in weightlifting during summer holidays after his Plus Two exams and decided to take up weightlifting as a sport. He has been consistently winning medals in the all India university tournaments in the power lifting category. He is one among the few athletes who has won gold medal for seven years in the all India forest meet.

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