Nobody had an idea that Dutee Chand, an Indian Sprinter, after being banned by IAAF, (International Association
Of Athletics Federation) under hyperandrogenism, that is, excessive but naturally occurring testosterone in the
women’s body, will ever be back to the sports, that too, on one of the highest platform, Olympics. Marking her position as India’s only second female sprinter to qualify for 100m in Olympics, Dutee had proved her point quiet evidently. Dutee will be the second Indian woman sprinter to participate in the Olympics after PT Usha, who competed in the 100m and 200m at the 1980 Moscow Games – but the first since qualification standards were introduced at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Not backing off easily Dutee decided to challenge the verdict at Lausanee-based Court of Arbitration for Sport’s Supported by an Indian researcher and gender activist Payoshni Mitra, she successfully challenged the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism guideline at CAS, which suspended the policy in its verdict
last year, allowing the sprinter to return to action again.
Belonging to the village of Chaka Gopalpur, of Odisha, daughter of weavers always had this big dream of running in the Olympics. Her dreams are coming true finally.
On being asked about her banning and her Rio planning she
stated,”I’ve not committed any wrongdoing in my life. And a
good show in Rio will be a victory not only for me but scores
of other innocent poor athletes who don’t have money and
support to fight for themselves.”
“My coach N. Ramesh told me that this meet in Kazakhstan was my last chance to qualify for the Olympics. ‘If you don’t qualify here forget about going to Rio’ is what he told me. Before the morning heats Ramesh sir told me not to think of a medal but just qualify for the event. Once I was on track I felt like I would post a good time today. It was a relief when I qualified in the heats,” Dutee said . Talking about the final, Dutee said she was able to break the national record again as she was pushed to the limit by Kazakhstan’s Viktoriya Zyabkina who won gold with a timing of 11.15 seconds.
“There was pressure to qualify for the Olympics and I was tense but now as I have qualified my dream has come true. I now hope to enter the final at the Olympic Games,” Dutee added.
Racing against time to get back to full rhythm, she showed her potential in the Federation Cup when she erased Rachita Mistry’s 16-year-old record by clocking 11.33s in April.
But at the Asian Grand Prix in Patiala in may, she missed the Olympic qualification mark by one-hundredth of a second and also failed to make the cut in various other meets outside the country.
Dutee is now looking forward to get a clearance for her personal coach Nagapuri Ramesh so that he can accompany her to Rio.
Dutee, who has the same five-feet frame as that of double Olympic champion Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce , hopes for a selfie-moment with her Jamaican idol.
“It can’t be better than getting a selfie with Shelly-Anne and Usain” she signed off.