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Sprinter Dutee Chand opens up about her same-sex relationship

India’s sprinter Dutee Chand has opened up about her same-sex relationship to the Indian Express stating that she is in a relationship with a girl from her hometown in Odisha.

other-sports Updated: May 19, 2019 14:47 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand (PTI photo)
         

India’s sprinter Dutee Chand has opened up about her same-sex relationship stating that she is in a relationship with a girl from her hometown in Odisha. Chand, who holds the record for the fastest timing in 100m and is an Asian Games silver medallist didn’t reveal the identity of her partner as she doesn’t want her to be the centre of undue attention.

“I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her,” Dutee told The Indian Express.

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According to the Indian Express, Chand has become comfortable speaking about her relationship only after the Supreme Court decriminalised Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code last year.

The sprinter has got her eyes on the qualification for the World Championships and Olympics next year.

Life hasn’t been easy for Dutee Chand as she had to fight and win a ‘gender’ case against the international federation at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) last year.

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In a landmark judgement, the Court of Arbitration for Sports had cleared Dutee Chand to compete in national and international athletics events. The CAS panel, comprising Justice Annabelle Claire Bennett, Professor Richard H McLaren and Dr Hans Nater, suspended the athletics world governing body International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) hyperandrogenism regulations, which bar athletes with enhanced testosterone levels, such as Dutee Chand, from competing in the women’s category.

First Published: May 19, 2019 12:11 IST

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