Parth Jindal, director of JSW Sports, on Wednesday said that he has offered to support ace sprinter Dutee Chand many-a-times in the past and the offer is still open if she is in need of financial help. Dutee had recently put up a post on her Facebook account saying she was putting her car on sell as she needs funds to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics next year.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics: Ace Sprinter Dutee Chand, Annu Rani in 26-member Squad Named By AFI
She later deleted her post but not before it made headlines across the country. Former tennis player Somdev Devvarman shared the story on his Twitter handle and his post read: “When our athletes win, it’s almost always despite the system, not because of it.” Also Read - India at Tokyo Olympics 2020: Full List of 115 Athletes Who Have Qualified For Summer Games
Jindal, whose Indian Institute of Sports sponsors many Indian athletes, took note of this post from Devvarman and wrote: “Complete nonsense — we have offered to support her so many times at IIS. The offer is still wide open.” Also Read - Dutee Chand Books Tokyo Olympics Berth, Qualifies For 100m And 200m Events
Devvarman then replied as saying: “I can’t speak on how and why she spent her money or funds. I don’t know her personal situation. I feel it would be best of all go Govt. funds and prize money were transparent. The larger point I was trying to make is that most athletes make it despite the system. Still stand by that.”
Dutee had earlier told IANS that she had spent a fortune on her training for Tokyo Olympics, before it was postponed due to coronavirus pandemic.
“I had started my Olympic training in October last year. I had set-up a team to help me with my training — from coach, fitness trainer, physio and running partner. From October to February I had spent 30 lakh on my training,” Dutee had said.
(With agency inputs)