UP sprinter Priyanka lodges formal complaint with state body

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 18:54 PM IST

Ranchi: Uttar Pradesh sprinter Priyanka Panwar, who has levelled molestation charges against Athletics Federation of India (AFI) technical official Anu Kumar during the ongoing 34th National Games here, lodged a formal complaint with her state association.

The AFI, on the other hand, said it has not received any written complaint regarding the issue and, based on the media reports, is holding an emergency meeting this evening.

"I have conveyed this episode to our Uttar Pradesh association. I`ve full faith on the association members and I`m sure there will be justice," Priyanka, who won the 100m bronze yesterday,in the Athletics Village.

The AFI, on its part, said it was yet to get an official complaint against the said official who is working in the Games in capacity of a technical official.

"We are hearing this from the media reports only. If she has complained it to the UP Olympics Association, then it might reach us. As of now, based on the reports, we have called an emergency meeting today," officiating secretary of the AFI, Ravinder Chaudhary said.

A gold medallist in the South Asian Games, Priyanka had yesterday levelled molestation charges against Kumar and claimed that he had been sexually harassing her for the last four years, adding that there was no such harassment during the ongoing Games.

She also claimed that Kumar even threatened to drop her from the squad if she resisted.

Priyanka`s parents have registered an FIR in Muzaffarnagar after several of their complaints to railway minister Mamta Banerjee and the sports ministry had failed to deter the official.

Kumar and his wife Nidhi, on the other hand, claimed that the athlete was blackmailing them since he barred her brother, Arun from participating in the Games because of overage.