PT Usha "frustrated" after failing to get Tintu Luka's sponsorship

Usha says that she would not blame the corporate sector for not investing much as the sponsors look for results and obviously, profitability.

updated: February 10, 2013 19:43 IST
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New Delhi: 'Sprint Queen' PT Usha feels "frustrated sometimes" at the lack of corporate interest in athletics and said despite running from pillar to post, she has failed to find a sponsor for her protege Tintu Luka.

"The international stage is so competitive now and you need international exposure and rigorous training regime. All these need huge spending and corporate sponsorship is a must for a talented athlete to win medals at the international stage," Usha told PTI.

"I spotted Tintu at an early age and wanted a sponsor for her at that stage itself. She is an Asian record holder (in 800m race) and finished 11th in the London Olympics and she can be among the world's top runners with more international exposure. But I could not find a sponsor even after running from pillar to post. It's frustrating sometimes," she said.

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