Controversy erupted at the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) hostel located at Cuttack’s Barabati stadium when a minor girl athlete accused her athletics coach of beating her and sexually harassing her. “In her written complaint before the Mahila Police station of Cuttack, the 17-year-old athlete from Khurda has accused athletics coach Susanta Ray of touching her private parts deliberately. Today she has accused Ray of beating her publicly,” said additional commissioner of police Sitaram Satpathy. A case under section 354A, 323, 294, 506 of Indian Penal Code and section 10 of POCSO Act has been lodged against Ray, who is now being interrogated by the police.
The girl, who was admitted at the hostel located inside Cuttack’s Barabati stadium six months ago, in her complaint said she was constantly being harassed by the coach. “Today the girl had an altercation with some male athletes of the hostel, following which the coach thrashed her before others,” Satpathy said, quoting the FIR. Ray, 50, who has coached international athletes like Dutee Chand in the past, said he was hurt by such allegations. “I have always treated her as my daughter,” he said.
The Cuttack SAI hostel incident comes five months after four budding athletes of the sports body’s Allapuzha centre of Kerala entered into a suicide pact to escape their “mental agony”. A 16-year-old junior-level national rowing champion died after consuming a poisonous fruit.
More food allowance
New Delhi: The Ministry has decided to allot a bigger share of its per day food supplements allowance to the heavy and middle weight sportspersons from disciplines such as boxing and wrestling while keeping a considerably reduced amount for the likes of shooters and archers. In national camps, guidelines have been issued for the provision, procurement and distribution of food supplements. The sportspersons of heavy and middle weight power events (70-125kg) like boxing, wrestling, weightlifting, judo, taekwondo, athletic throw have been alloted Rs 700 per day, but in comparison, only Rs 400 will be provided to the athletes of the same sports of low weight events.