Bhubaneswar (Reporters Today Bureau): Asian Games double silver medalist and sprinter Dutee Chand put her BMW car on sale to raise funds to meet the training costs.
Dutee Chand had bought a BMW 3 series in 2018 from Telangana for 30 Lakhs. She now wants to sell it so that her training for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 is not interrupted. Speaking to newsmen, Dutee said, with lack of sponsorship and no competitions, this is the only way of making money for herself. “Due to the ongoing pandemic all completions have been cancelled. Sponsorships for Olympics are also no longer there. I have spent all my money and haven’t earned anything in the last few months. There will be no new sponsors either during this time so selling my car is the only option left.” The point is that, where are the so called God fathers of Dutee? Why she is ready to sale her dream to got another ? Who is responsible for this, Odisha Govt or anybody else? These kind of questions arrising on peoples mind when they listen that a sports person is ready to sell her dream vehicle to achieve athletic dreams.
Dutee does not train as per the athletics federation of India rules and regulations and hence has no support from the AFI. She trains under the aegis of the state government and KIIT university as a sponsor but all the money from sponsors had been spent keeping in mind the earlier dates of Olympics, 23 July, 2020. The BMW series 3 was Dutee’s first luxury purchase but tough times forced her to put up an advertisement to sell the car, but this hasn’t dampened her spirit. “I’m not upset. I was able to buy the car because of my competitions. I will again compete, earn money and buy myself a luxury car. The important thing right now is to focus and train for Olympics in 2021,” said Asian Games 2018 silver medalist. Dutee has only one ongoing sponsorship, Puma, which also expires in December this year.