In spite of all controversies and financial hurdles Dutee makes it to Tokyo 2020
Born on 3 February 1996 into a below poverty line weaver’s family of Chaka Gopalpur village, Jajpur district of Odisha, Dutee Chand is an Indian professional sprinter and current national champion in the women's 100 metres event. Her source of inspiration is her older sister Saraswati Chand, who competed in running at the state level. Chand and her elder sister were enrolled in a government sports hostel in 2006.
In 2013, Chand was enrolled in KIIT University and is presently employed as an executive officer in the state PSU The Odisha Mining Corporation Ltd.
Dutee is India's first athlete to openly come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Chand, who was Indian contingents of 2014 Commonwealth & Asian Games due to the IAAF hyperandrogenism regulations, qualified for the Women's 100m event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, having won her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
She is the third Indian woman to ever qualify for the Women's 100 metres event at the Summer Olympic Games 2016. In 2018, Chand clinched silver in women's 100m at the Jakarta Asian Games. It was India's first medal in this event since 1998. In 2019, she became the first Indian sprinter to win gold at the Universiade, clocking 11.32 seconds in the 100m race.
At 25, Dutee Chand has every reason to feel proud. She is the first Indian athlete to make it to the Olympics for the second straight time in the 100m (she will also compete in the 200m), having made the cut for next month’s Tokyo Games by virtue of her world rankings. For the ‘pocket dynamo’, at 4 feet 11 inch, it has been a fairytale success story given the kind of adversities she has had to face both in the sport and in life.
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