Paralympic athlete’s Rio mission gets ‘juice’ twist

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 21:53 IST
Sundar Gurjar (left)with his coach Mahaveer Saini. (HT Photo)

Jaipur: Amidst an ongoing controversy over alleged doping among Olympics wannabes, a juice shop owner in Jaipur has claimed that he was offered `1 lakh to drug the juice of Paralympics javelin thrower Sundar Gurjar.

When Sukhbir Singh, the juice shop owner, turned down the offer, the man told him not to reveal the matter to anyone and gave him a death threat.

Police have recorded Sukhbir’s statement and initiated a search for the said man.

Singh’s shop near Sawai Man Singh stadium is frequented by many athletes, including Gujrar.

“On Saturday morning, a man came and asked me if a specially-abled athlete called Sundar visits my shop. When I said yes, he said he will give me a tablet and if I mixed it in Sundar’s juice, I will be paid `1 lakh,” Singh said.

“(When I refused to do so) He told me that if I mentioned about this conversation to anyone, there will be threat to my life. When Sundar came to my shop in the evening, I told him everything. The next day I decided to go to police and registered a report,” said Singh, adding that he fears for his and his family’s safety.

20-year-old Gurjar, who has only one arm, has qualified for Javelin throw in the 2016 Paralympics to be held at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from September 7 to 18. He has also cleared his doping test.

He and his coach Mahaveer Saini expressed fears about conspiracies to sabotage his Rio plans, but hoped that the police would investigate the matter thoroughly and bring the culprit to book. “I fear that this is some conspiracy to stop me from going to Rio and I am sure that once the police start the investigation, the culprit will be nabbed,” said Gurjar.

“We had feared that something like this could be done in order to stop Sundar from going to Rio and are pretty sure that this is a conspiracy,” said Saini.

Sukhbir’s statement was recorded at Jyoti Nagar police station on Monday.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and have also spoken with the representatives of Sundar Gurjar,” said Raghuveer Singh Bhati, station house officer, Jyoti Nagar police station.

Gurjar has not registered any FIR and the police will be doing the investigation based on Singh’s statement.

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