India’s fastest woman sprinter, Dutee Chand has put her BMW up for sale on Facebook to meet the financial needs for her training as it is hard to get sponsors amid coronavirus pandemic.
But later, Dutee deleted the post from her Facebook page where she had posted a picture of her with the blue BMW.
“It was my dream to ride a BMW which I fulfilled two years back by purchasing the luxury car for Rs 40 lakh after the State Government gave me Rs 3 crore for my achievements in Asian Games,” she said to India Today.
Dutee further added, “I exhausted all my money. It is now difficult to get sponsors due to the COVID-19 pandemic for my training for the Tokyo Olympics. I need money for my fitness expenses and training in Germany. But no sponsor is coming forward which is why I decided to sell my luxury car”.
Meanwhile, the government had granted her Rs 50 lakhs for training for impending Olympics next years, but she spends Rs 5 lakhs a month owing to the salaries of coach, physiotherapists, dietician, and other purposes.
Dutee also clarified that she declined to be in the TOPS scheme because she was being sponsored by the state government. “Since I felt the state support was adequate, I suggested to have someone else in the TOPS scheme of Union Ministry of Sports instead of me,” she said.
The first India’s gay athlete is the third Indian woman to ever qualify for the Women’s 100 meters event at the Summer Olympic Games. However, in the 2016 Summer Olympics, her 11.69s in the preliminary round did not qualify her for the next round. In 2018, Chand clinched silver in women’s 100m at the Jakarta Asian Games. It was India’s first medal in this event since 1998. In 2019, she became the first Indian sprinter to win gold at the Universiade, clocking 11.32 seconds in the 100m race.
With this achievement, Chand edges closer to the Olympic qualifying mark of 11.15 seconds for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.