New Delhi: Asian Games gold medallist discus thrower Seema Punia Antil said yesterday that lack of funds is proving to be a hindrance to her dream of winning a 2016 Rio Olympics medal for the country.

Seema Punia

“I am ready to give my best to realise my dream of winning gold for the country. But lack of funds is a big obstacle to achieving my target. You need to invest Rs 4 crore if one is to win a medal but it is difficult to accumulate such a huge sum of money,” Seema said on the sidelines of a felicitation programme for the 2014 Asian Games medal winners.

Seema claimed gold in Incheon with a personal best throw of 61.03 metres.
“To win gold at Rio, we have to prepare step-by-step. I won silver at Glasgow Commonwealth Games, gold in Asian Games at Incheon. My next step is the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and then 2016 Rio Olympics,” the 31-year-old said.

“I trained in the US under coach Tony Ciarelli for the Asiad. I have an offer of undergoing training under former German discus thrower and coach Lars Riedel. But I can’t afford his training because of paucity of money,” the Haryana athlete said.