Bhubaneswar: Ace sprinter from Odisha, Dutee Chand has been selected in the Time 100 Next 2019 list. Earlier last month, Vogue India named Chand the country’s Sportsperson of the Year.
In a tweet, Dutee said, “Ecstatic and Humbled! Honoured to be in Time 100 Next 2019. On the track, I’ll sprint. Off the track, I’ll fight. Fight for Inclusion, Equality, Rights and dignity of People. #loveislove”
In the write-up about Dutee, the Time wrote on its website, “On the track, Dutee Chand sprints. Off the track, she fights. The 100-m runner from India is preparing to make her second Olympic appearance, in 2020 in Tokyo. In July, she became the first Indian sprinter to win the 100-m at the World University Games. But back in 2014, Chand was effectively banned from competition because of her high natural testosterone levels; she appealed the verdict and won a precedent-setting case. This year, Chand announced she was in a same-sex relationship, making her the first openly gay athlete in India’s history. For a country that decriminalized homosexuality just a year ago, Chand’s revelation was a notable step forward: Vogue India named her the nation’s Sportsperson of the Year. “No one can win without love,” says Chand.”
Earlier this year, Cosmopolitan also featured her on their digital cover for July.