I Have Been Ill-Treated for Years by Authorities, Says Discus Thrower Seema Punia

Seema Punia, who won a gold in the Incheon Asian Games, said despite being country's top performer for the past 14 years, she received step-motherly treatment from the authorities, including the Athletics Federation of India.

updated: October 07, 2014 16:24 IST
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Seema Punia gets emotional after winning gold at Asian Games.

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New Delhi: Livid with detractors for casting aspersions on her achievements because of a dope-tainted past, Asian Games gold medallist discus thrower Seema Punia on Tuesday said she has been "ill-treated" by authorities, including the national federation, for many years now.

Seema, who won a gold in the just-concluded Incheon Games, said despite being a top performer for the country in the past 14 years, she received step-motherly treatment from the authorities.

"I am a junior World Championships medallist. I have won medals in three successive Commonwealth Games (2006 to 2014) before I won a gold in Incheon. I have brought laurels for the country for the past more than a decade in my long career and I thought I deserved better treatment but I have been looked upon with suspicion whenever I have achieved something. This is not fair," 31-year-old told PTI in an interview.

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