Olympic double medallist Sita Sahu forced to sell `gol gappas` at roadside eatery

Updated: Apr 12, 2013, 10:00 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: Sita Sahu, a double Olympian medallist, has to struggle to make ends meet selling `gol gappas` due to official apathy resulting in financial crunch.

The 15-year-old made India proud by winning a bronze medal each in the 200 and 1600 meter race in 2011 Athens Special Olympics.

According to reports, Social justice minister Gopal Bhargava had announced cash prizes for the winners of the medals - Rs 1 lakh for gold, Rs 75,000 for silver and Rs 50,000 for bronze. Hence, Sita, on account of her two bronze medals, should have received Rs 1 lakh.

But the promise is yet to be fulfilled and instead of practicing to sharpen her skills, the teenager’s talent is being wasted in making ‘gol gappas`.

“They promised her the moon, but nothing has come her way. Now we have decided to teach her other skills that would fetch money,” Sita’s mother was quoted as saying by a leading Indian newspaper on Monday.