Lucknow: Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh earlier refused to accept a cheque of Rs 30 lakh from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at an event in Lucknow on Tuesday (October 2). She said she wouldn't accept it until she gets the promised job in the state sports directorate

Sudha’s anger was directed at the government for refusing to offer deputy director’s post in Uttar Pradesh sports directorate despite her achievements that include a silver medal at the 2018 Asian GamesJakarta, Indonesia and a gold medal in 2010 Asian Games (Guangzhou).

Sudha left when the governor Ram Naik's speech was on. She refused the prize and the scroll of honour from the Uttar Pradesh chief minister. The event was paused for five minutes. According to Hindustan Times, "I need a job, not money. Let this money be distributed among young sportspersons of the state, but give me a job," Sudha said.

"There are people in the sports directorate who do not want me to get a job there," says Sudha Singh

Sudha later accepted the scroll and cheque following the assurance given by the chief minister

"If I do not get the job as deputy director, sports, I will return my prize money and leave the state forever," Sudha said

Sudha, who aims to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, said "I challenge everyone in the directorate to compare their achievements with mine. I am an Arjuna awardee winner and have six international medals, including gold at the 2017 Asian Championships at Bhubaneswar. If they prove me wrong, I will not request them for a job."