Dutee said that she was not “sitting idle at home” and was bringing medals for the country and making her employers proud.
“When I won medals, I think I was doing something for my employers also. I am making them proud. I was not sitting idle at home, it is not that I have stopped winning medals. Instead of using pen and paper at the office, I was toiling at the training ground and stadia.”
She said she is no longer selling her car as the KIIT founder and Member of Parliament Achyuta Samanta has assured her financial support for her training.
“I have been offered financial support by even Union Finance Minister (Nirmala Sitharaman) and Sports Minister (Kiren Rijiju). They called me a few days back but I have politely told them I will approach them when it is needed.”
Worth mentioning, Dutee had recently shared a post on Facebook saying that she has put her car on sale as she needed funds to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics next year. However, she later deleted the post after her post made headlines across the country.
On Wednesday, she said her decision to sell her car has got nothing to do with her lacking funds for training. She decided to sell the vehicle to get some ‘breathing space’ and not burden the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) or the Odisha Government.
(With agency inputs)