On Wednesday this is Dutee Chand again! Silver in the 200m from Jakarta Asiad! On Sunday she had clinched her first Silver in the 100m dash.Today she clocked 23.20 in the200m final for her second Silver and made it to the exclusive club of Indian athletes to join the Great P T Usha who have two individual medals in their name from Asiads.
The diminutive Odia girl put her step into sports to express herself while fighting with familial deprivation during her early age. She won there and set out for this big one only to meet a bigger obstruction on the way posing threat to her career and to her very gender identity.
It was in 2014; she was all set to be to Glasgow Commonwealth games as a part of the Indian contigent when she was denied the right to compete as a female athlete.Excessive Testosterone level in her blood was the cited reason as per the hyperandrogen policy of the International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF).
A ban was slapped on her and she was left to fight for her career, for her passion and even for her gender identity. For the next two years she was pitted against humiliating questions from all around. They questioned if she was a man. Her talent, her hard work all were disregarded for hyperandrogenism.
She took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports in laussane that led to amend the hyperandrogen rule for the female athlete in 2015. The new rule allowed her to back on to the track.
And she returned only to write history.Now entire Odisha and Nation is proud of Odisha’s own sprint queen foe her silver double at the 2018 Asiad,said Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik in his tweet.
He tweets, Congratulate Dutt Chand, our own sprint queen on bringing more glory for India with a silver medal in 200m sprint, following a silver in 100m. Entire Odisha & the nation is proud of your silver double at the Asian Games 2018. Well done!
Naveen Patnaik had earlier announced Rs1.5 crore cash award for Dutee after her silver win in the 100m dash on Sunday.
Another achievement by a daughter of India at Asian Games 2018. Sprinter Dutee Chand bags her second Silver Medal. This time in Women’s 200m final event. Achievements of this young athlete from a deprived family in Odisha has brought great glory to both the state & the nation, tweets Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
Another achievement by a daughter of India at @asiangames2018. Sprinter @DuteeChand bags her second Silver Medal. This time in Women's 200m final event. Achievements of this young athlete from a deprived family in #Odisha has brought great glory to both the state & the nation. pic.twitter.com/w1o18Qc20y
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) August 29, 2018
PM Narendra Modi tweets, ”Spectacular performance by Dutee Chand. Proud of her for bringing home the Silver Medal in the Women’s 200 m event.Asian Games 2018.”