Dutee Chand given Rs 4.09 cr since 2015: Odisha govt amid training funds row

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July 16, 2020

Bhubaneswar: Jul 16: The Department of Sports and Youth Services, Government of Odisha on Thursday revealed that ace sprinter Dutee Chand has been given Rs 4.09 crore since 2015 and also appointed as Group-A officer in the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) currently drawing a gross salary of Rs 84,604 per month.

On Wednesday, Dutee clarified that she wants to sell her luxury car because she is unable to bear its maintenance cost and it will also aid her training for Tokyo Olympics.

The 24-year-old believes after selling her car she can use that money for training amid the shortage of money due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"Rs 3 crore as financial incentive for medals won at Asian Games 2018. Rs 30 Lakhs for training and financial support during 2015-19. Rs 50 Lakhs for training support for Tokyo Olympics (Released In two instalments on 02/08/2019 and 27/12/2019," the statement read.

"The State government appointed Dutee Chand as Group-A level officer in Odisha Mining Corporation (A Gold Category PSU). She is currently drawing Gross salary of Rs 84,604 (June 2020 Salary) per month. She is not required to come to office so that she is able to concentrate full-time on training. Accordingly, since her appointment in OMC, no official work has been allotted to Chand," it added.

The state government further provided details of the financial support provided by the OMC for her training.

"OMC provided Rs 29 Lakhs to Dutee Chand for Training and financial incentives. The total financial support provided to Dutee Chand from State government/OMC is 4.09 crores(after 2015)," the statement read.

"The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), Government of India may also be providing adequate support for the athlete based on performance," it added.

Earlier, Dutee said she is facing a shortage of funds due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to the next year and is planning to sell her car to meet the expense of her training.

"Training is going quite good so far, I have been training here in Bhuvneshwar. Earlier, there was no problem related to funds for training as Tokyo Olympics were coming up and our state government conferred me, but because of coronavirus the Olympics were postponed and I had spent the money which was given to me by the sponsors. Now, I need money for training, I need new sponsors but because of coronavirus I am finding it difficult to find them. Now I have decided to sell my car to arrange funds," Dutee had said.

Dutee, who has been recently nominated for the Arjuna Award 2020, said COVID-19 had impacted heavily on sports and sponsors are not willing to support her at this time.

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September 28,2020

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New Delhi, Sept 28: Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Sunday registered an enthralling win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) during a showdown that would go down in the history as one of the most electrifying matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

All-rounder Rahul Tewatia emerged as the superhero of the match and played a magical inning for RR by scoring 53 runs off 31 balls, which helped his team to successfully pull-off the highest run-chase of 224 in the IPL history.

Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith was full of praise for the all-rounder after the match. He said Tewatia's five sixes off Sheldon Cottrell's over brought them back in the game.

"That was some chase! Tewatia, that was some sort of display against Cottrell. We got an idea about the conditions here in the last game. It's a small ground, we always thought if we have wickets in the shed we always have a chance," Smith told host broadcaster Star Sports after the match.

Twitter too went berserk over Tewatia's match-winning inning as he became the top trend on social media, with memes and praise-filled tweets flooded the microblogging site.

Reacting to the Rajsthan Royals' victory, the International Cricket Council (ICC) tweeted that it rained sixes at Sharjah as Tewatia and Jofra Archer pulled off an unbelievable heist.

"Game changer player of Rajasthan Royals. Very well played Rahul Tewatia," wrote one user.

Standup comedian Danish Sait went on to say that Tewatia's story will stay forever.

"The Tewatia story will stay forever. What an insane turn around. I love human triumph. Sport is such a great teacher, we can write someone off but we can't erase them! Wow. So happy with what we got to see. Incredible lesson for life," he wrote.

"Tewatia's earlier part of the innings - Dhoni's later phase of batting career Tewatia's later part of the innings - Dhoni's earlier phase of batting career Tewatia has shown us highlight of Dhoni's whole career today! Legend!" wrote another Twitter user.

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September 16,2020

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South African star AB de Villiers believes the biggest challenge for all teams in the upcoming Indian Premier League will be adjusting to the prevailing hot and humid conditions in the UAE.

Most games will be played in the night but the conditions would still be challenging.

"I am not really used to these kind of conditions to be honest. It' very hot, it reminds me of a Test match we played in July in Chennai once where Viru (Virender Sehwag) scored 300. It was one the hottest weather conditions I have experience in my life," he said in a an interview posted on RCB's twitter handle.

"The humidity is similar to that, even at 10 at night. When I arrived here I checked the weather conditions of a few months and it seems to be getting better. It is definitely going to play a part and you have to make sure you have the energy for the backend of the innings or last 5 overs of your bowling spell."

De Villiers said he would also miss playing in front of packed crowds in India with the event to be played behind closed doors in UAE due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I think obviously all are are used to playing in front of crowds in big stage, there is certainly an amount of adrenaline that pumped into you when it gets really loud, especially in Chinnaswany when the RCB crowd gets going, its difficult to stop the RCB team. So, well miss that there is no doubt about it.

"But I won't say I am not used to it, I have played a lot of cricket in empty stadiums. I grew up like that. It's only in my international career that I have played in front of crowd," he said.

The 36-year-old dashing cricketer, regarded as one of the destructive batsman of world cricket, said not just him, every player is just happy to be back on the field after international cricket came to a halt in mid-March because of the pandemic.

De Villiers' first foray into the cricket field amid the pandemic was the inaugural 3TC Solidarity Cup organised by Cricket South Africa in July.

Asked whether there will be a drop in the game's standard with players coming from a long break, he replied: "Not at all. In the 3TC I have faced some off thee best bowling in the last 3 to 5 years, the bowlers were landing yorkers, they showed some great skills with pace, variations.

"They are very hungry, the desire is there, the motivation. It's not just copy and paste, now the guys are really coming out with rediscovered energy, so I think we are going to see some fireworks."

De Villiers said young Australian wicketkeeper batsman Joshua Philippe is an exciting cricketer and he would love share his knowledge with the Australian opener in RCB dressing room.

"I have always enjoyed watching Finch play but now I know him quite well. Another guy I am excited to watch is Joshua, he is a young wicketkeeper from Australia.

"I have watched him play for Sydney Sixers in BBL. He is very exciting to watch, he takes on the new ball, a very talented player with all the shots in the book," he said.

"As a 36-year-old who have played international cricket for ages now, I am looking foward to give back if he wishes what I have learnt over the years."

Virat Kohli-led RCB will open their IPL campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on September 21.

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September 28,2020

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Sharjah, Sept 28: Rajasthan Royals chased down a massive target of 224 runs against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to register the highest-ever run chase in the Indian Premier League (IPL) history here on Sunday.

Rajasthan Royals won the match by four wickets. Mayank Agarwal's scored a century but it was not enough for KXIP to secure a win as Rajasthan Royals chased down the target in the last over.

Chasing a massive target of 224 runs, Rajasthan Royals got off to a poor start as Jos Buttler (4) gave away his wicket in the third over of the innings.

Steve Smith was then joined by Sanju Samson on the field and the duo played brilliantly. As the team was chasing a huge target, both the batsmen played with an attacking mindset.

After eight overs, Rajasthan Royals were playing at 92/1. However, in the next over, Smith (50) gave away an easy catch to Mohammed Shami off James Neesham's delivery.

Rahul Tewatia then came out to bat to join Samson, who went on to complete his half-century. Samson continued his fast-paced innings and took the team past the 150-run mark. Shami picked the wicket of Samson in the 17th over which ended the batsman's 85-run innings.

Samson's dismissal brought Robin Uthappa on the field. The match came to a point when Rajasthan Royals needed 51 runs to win off the last three overs. Tewatia came out furiously in the next over which was bowled by Sheldon Cottrell as he smashed five sixes in the over.

Rajasthan Royals then needed 21 runs from 12 balls. Shami bowled the 19th over and removed Uthappa on the very first delivery. Jofra Archer then took the field and smashed two consecutive sixes to Shami. Archer took a single and then Tewatia struck a six, taking Rajasthan Royals closer to the victory.

However, Shami made a stunning comeback as he dismissed Tewatia (53) on the last ball of the over. The next over was bowled by Murugan Ashwin but Rajasthan Royals easily chased down the target.

Earlier after being asked to bat first, Kings XI Punjab witnessed a flying start as Agarwal and KL Rahul scripted the highest opening stand for Punjab in the tournament's history. The duo had a 183-run stand for the first wicket. Agarwal and Rahul also registered the second-highest opening stand in the IPL.

Agarwal played a knock of 106 runs off 50 balls including seven sixes and 10 fours. He was dismissed by Tom Curran in the 17th over.

In the next over, Rahul too departed after scoring 69 runs with a striker rate of 127.77. He was scalped by Ankit Rajpoot.

Glenn Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran played some good hand in the last overs and remained unbeaten on 13* and 25* runs respectively as the team posted a very competitive total on the board.

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