Asian Games silver medallist Santhi slogs at a brick kiln
The once feted athlete claimed that Athletics Federation of India had banned her from participating in any event after the test and that officials had just "abandoned her".
"I was frustrated but have got it over now. All my records have been erased.I now work hard in a brick kiln, earning Rs 200 a day instead of on a sports ground," she told PTI.
Santhi said she quit her job as state government coach as the salary was very low. Besides she was appointed on contract basis and her services were not regularised, she said.
"I wanted to qualify to become a better coach, but do not have the means to go about it. I am now trying for another government job," said.
She claimed that as coach, some of her wards won some national events.
Showing her scarred hands filled with boils, Santhi said she now works at a kiln in Kathakuruchi in Pudukottai district with her parents.
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