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Usha hopeful about Tintu in Rio despite lack of exposure

She is frustrated with the lack of exposure for Tintu Luka, but sprint legend P T Usha on Tuesday said she is still optimistic of her protege’s chances in this year’s Olympic Games.

“These days, the money is there. Infrastructure in India is also not bad. But, as far as international exposure is concerned, things have not changed much,” said Usha. “Tintu finished 11th in the last Olympics. I have been running from pillar to post to ensure that she gets to participate in as many international events as possible. As of now, my efforts have drawn a blank. I am still hopeful that the federation will do something about it,” added the sprinter.

Usha said the lack of overseas exposure is the massive hindrance in Luka’s path.

“I want her to win the medal. But, I am not going to predict that she would do so. Firstly, she lacks in international exposure. On top of that, these days, an athlete has to be mindful of various other aspects such as banned substances, dope tests etc. All of these would have to be factored in,” Usha said.

“We try to keep her free from stress. We do not talk about Olympic medals with her. I tried to get her a sports psychologist but couldn’t get one. 
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