The Hush Post: Sarita Gaekwad, who made India proud by winning the gold medal in the 4X400 relay in the Asiad, next day after her achievement was struggling for cash to do even routine shopping in Jakarta.
Daughter of a poor farmer from Dang in Gujarat, Sarita Gaekwad rang up her rakhi brother in Chikhli town of Valsad to request him for sending her some money immediately, a report said.
Sarita may soon become a crorepati as after the Gujarat government has announced a reward of Rs 1 crore for her gold medal-winning performance, but this athlete from a tribal area is yet to come out of poverty. Reason: Rs 5 lakh cash award declared for her stellar performances in the national competition is yet to reach her even after two years, the report said.
The Gujarat government had announced to give cash rewards to the winners of the national competition. In 2016 and 2017, Sarita had won the silver and three bronze medals in 400 metre sprints, making her eligible for Rs 5 lakh reward, it was reported.
When asked about the pending Rs Five lakh cash prize, VP Patel, secretary sports, youth and cultural activities, Gujarat government, said he was not aware of the delay. “However, I will inquire into it and find out what she is entitled to,” Patel was quoted by TOI as saying.
“Asian Games athletes get a fixed daily allowance but I got to know that it has been delayed. She required money for some simple shopping. Since the games began, I have transferred nearly Rs 45,000 to her account,” Sarita’s rakhi brother Darshan Desai was quoted as saying in the report.