Dutee Chand, India’s 100-m national-record holder, has explained why she wants to sell her luxury car.
“I took to social media to sell my car. I don’t have the resources to maintain luxury cars, though I love them. I am not able to use the car and it is a spendthrift expense on my part,” she said in a social media statement on Wednesday.
“I never expressed that I am selling it to fund my training. Odisha government and my KIIT University have always supported me. This does not deny the fact that my training is very expensive, especially for the 2021 Olympics. I just wanted to make a point that his money could be diverted to my training and a car can be bought post Covid once I receive the money from the state government,” she said.
— Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand) July 15, 2020
“I am not complaining. Buying a car can definitely wait,” Wednesday’s statement also said.
“I just did not want to be a burden on KIIT or Odisha government. Not that I live in deprivation or lack of resources, but selling the car could give me breathing space on one hand and not burden the overwhelmed KIIT and the Odisha government who are all stretched to help in these testing times,” it added.
Last week, Dutee had put up a post on social media with photos of the BMW car, but later deleted it. The post had a message in Odia “I want to sell my BMW car. If anyone wants to buy, contact me on messenger.”
Earlier this week, Dutee had told rediff.com, “It was a difficult decision for me to put up that post… Had there been an Olympics, I would have been all set, but, as the Games have been postponed by a year, I am unable to support myself.”
She said that she later deleted the post following the advice of her manager after there were some offensive comments.
“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,” Times Now had quoted her.
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