Humans of Olympics: Meet Seema Punia's spouse Anil, who's at Rio to support her dream
Anil Punia has supported his wife Seema Punia through Athens 2004 and London 2012 and is now here to lend moral and psychological support to the discus thrower so that she can improve further.
Making it to the Olympics is hard work. The fact that about more than hundred Indians have made the cut is a big thing. The athletes definitely need to put in the hard work but there are hundreds of others who work behind the scenes, directly or indirectly, and lend their support to ensure the athletes are able to perform at their peak levels on the day of the competition. The support from family is crucial.
Anil Punia has supported his wife Seema Punia through Athens 2004 and London 2012 and is now here to lend moral and psychological support to the discus thrower so that she can improve further. Seema had finished 13th in London and 14th in Athens.
Anil, who is here on his own, is staying with a friend not far from the Olympic Village, where Team India is staying, and the Olympic Park. Afraid he would say something wrong, he quickly wrapped up the conversation and jogged away from the Olympic Village where he had spotted a familiar Indian athlete and had stopped by to say hello.
World Athletics draws stricter rules for transgender athletes but decides against ban in female events
World Athletics has decided against following the footsteps of world swimming organisation FINA in slapping an outright ban on transgender athletes and those with differences in sex development from competing in top female events.
UK Athletics would welcome an open category, which would replace the current male category and be open to all athletes.