Rio de Janeiro, Aug 8: Indian female sprinter Dutee Chand has revealed a very harsh and sad fact that while travelling to Rio, Brazil, she was accommodated in an economy class flight while the other officials travelled in business class.
Dutee, 20, is the only woman sprinter from India who will be participating in the 100m category. Dutee did not have a coach to accompany her and thus she had to travel alone in the economy class.
Speaking to The Quint, Dutee Chand said: "I flew alone from Hyderabad, my coach could not come with me. Managers and others are given Business Class tickets but players are being given economy class.
"It was a 36 hour journey, I could not get proper sleep or rest. If players are treated like this what kind of performance will we give in Olympics?
"Players should be taken care of. Those who are representing country are being given economy class and team managers are getting business class. In future Olympians should not face such problem."
Dutee will be competing in the 100m women's race category on August 19. Her revelation clearly points out the kind of treatment our athletes recieve.
Hailing from Odisha, Dutee has won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships in 2013.