Dutee Chand has finally been cleared of one-year exile. Last week the International Athletics Federation decided to lift ban the rule of hyper androgenic test which was introduced in 2010 and forced several highly potential female athletes to ultimate helplessness as they had to face the exile from the world of athletics. The rule which guided the rulers of athletics all over the world to conduct a test, measuring the amount of testosterone in a female athlete’s body and if the amount of this androgenic drug was found more than normalcy the athletes were expelled from the track.
Dutee Chand, country’s one of the most talented sprinters from Gopalpur, Orissa, was in a kind of embarrassment just before the inauguration of Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year. Despite being selected in the national team she was asked to return to India, being cast out for the next one year with deep anguish and pain. But the 19-year-old sprinter never gave up. Talking from her present residence at the Gopichand badminton academy in Hyderabad over phone, Dutee said, “None can realize how much sobs and somber I had to live with during the last 12 months. Everybody in Gopichand badminton academy as well as at the SAI centre where I train under my coach Nagpuram Ramesh used to offer me a lot of encouragement. Still I could not talk with anybody. As if I lost my normalcy. I had passed the sleepless nights. And in the day time I only concentrated on my training.”
Dutee was also lured with a few apparently lucrative solutions. She said, “a few people asked me to take hormone neutralizing drugs so that the amount of testosterone comes to a normal level. Some, even, advised me to undergo surgery also. But having combated with all those distractions I finally decided to fight against the rule.” And in this regard, Dutee had a great help from a renowned researcher of gender test named Dr Payoshni Mitra. The athlete admitted, “She was the person whose continuous inspiration forced me to move to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Zurich for a justice.”
The sprinter, having got the justice finally after CAS instructed IAF to restrict the rule for next two years, has already set eyes for the Rio Olympics next year. And she has also made requests to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) top brass for an exposure trip to USA for extensive training. The sprinter added, “My last timing in 100 meters was 11.62 seconds. It has to be 11.02. So, I will have to work too hard and in a developed infrastructure. That is why I want to train at the legendary Santa Monica Club in USA. If I can train there for at least six to eight months I am confident that I would qualify for Rio Olympics. The qualification for Olympics needs 11.03 seconds in 100 meters.”
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