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Anu Kumar under the scanner again

other Updated: Feb 19, 2011 23:41 IST
Priyanka Panwar

After top sprinter Priyanka Panwar accused Uttar Pradesh official Anu Kumar of sexually harassing her, another athlete, Namita Samal of Orissa on Saturday claimed that she was also being subjected to "dirty advances" for the last three years.

Kumar, however, denied the allegations and said that he will give documentary evidence to rebut the charges to the committee appointed by the Athletics Federation of India.

Sprinter Namita, who represented India in 2008 South Asian Games in Kochi and won a 200m bronze in the Federation Cup in Ranchi last year, said Kumar was harassing her for the last three years for snubbing his advances.

"Being an AFI technical official, Anu will be there in all national competitions, doing the job of making entries for participants, giving chest numbers, deciding the lane number. He will make dirty advances to many women athletes and if we snubbed him, he will threaten us that our career would be finished," Namita, a Railways employee, said over
phone.