He decided to accept the employment offer from the RBI after the Kerala government made him wait for years for a job under the sports quota.
Though Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and Commonwealth Games triple jump gold medallist Eldhose Paul have decided to give the Games a miss, there are still some top athletes taking part in the multi-sport event.
Yohannan's 8.07m that won the gold medal in Tehran Asia Games in 1974 had remained unchallenged for 30 years.
Gold and silver medallists will receive Rs 20 lakh and Rs 10 lakh respectively.
As India finished fourth on the podium with an overall medal tally of 61, Malayali athletes accounted for six of them.
One hopes that the SAI invests in foreign coaches to train Eldhose, Abdulla, Tejaswin, Sreeshankar and Sable so that they stand a reasonable chance of making it to the podium in the Paris Olympics.
Sreeshankar, who bagged a historic silver medal in men's long jump at the Commonwealth Games, says this is just the beginning and he is hungry for more success.
This will be a huge morale-booster for Sreeshankar and the young long jumper is only bound to get better.
The 23-year-old Malayali bagged a silver medal in Birmingham in the early hours on Friday.
Malayali Sunanya Sara Kuruvilla will be in action in women's doubles Squash on Thursday.