Dutee Chand forced to skip foreign training due to delay in Odisha’s fund release

first_imgTwo-time Asian Games silver medallist Dutee Chand had to face yet another obstacle in her preparation for the qualification to the Olympics and World Championship as she was forced to skip a vital trip to US for a technical training programme due to delay in fund release by the Odisha sports authority.Dutee told Mail Today back in December that she was planning to seek foreign advice from coaches who can help her enhance her performance and identify the flaws in her technique as she gears up for a challenging year, where she plans for qualification into World Championships and Olympics.After winning gold in the Indian Grand Prix second leg here – also confirming her spot into Asian Athletic Championship with a timing of 23.30 seconds – the 23-year-old sprinter said on Wednesday she had to postpone the plan to an uncertain date after the funds didn’t reach her on time as she was planning to go the US in January.”Despite (Odisha) CM Naveen Patnaik sanctioned me an amount of Rs 2 crore for my preparation for the Olympics, the fund is yet to reach me. The Odisha sports authority didn’t send me the funding on time which forced me to skip my plans to go to IMJA academy in the US,” Dutee told Mail Today.The athlete also added that she wrote a letter to the authority about the pressing matter back in January but no replies came from the officials. “I wrote a letter to the sports authority officials back in January 12 but they didn’t reply to me at all, leaving me no choice but to let go off the US plan. I don’t know if I can go there this year or not because the competitions have begun,” she added.advertisementDutee is now solely dependent on the rewards she received from various quarters after her Asiad Sojourn last year for her preparation in this crucial year.After achieving her aim to qualify for Asian Championship, the sprinter will now skip the next two legs of the Indian Grand Prix and will head to Patiala on February 12 to take part in Federation Cup. For the time being, she will be training at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.Dutee also said she feels confident about featuring in the TOPS list soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has reassured her of inclusion after getting snubbed back in December.last_img read more