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'Couldn't train properly for a while after coming out of closet': Dutee Chand

PTI
Published Jun 14, 2019, 7:45 pm IST
Updated Jun 14, 2019, 7:45 pm IST
The sprinter from Odisha is also gearing up to take part in the World University Games to be held in Italy next month.
Dutee said he is keen to train in an academy in Florida (USA) to "change her technique in 100 metres" (Photo: File)
 Dutee said he is keen to train in an academy in Florida (USA) to "change her technique in 100 metres" (Photo: File)

The CAS suspended the IAAF's policy on hyperandrogenism for two years.

Later the world body changed the policy, which is now applicable only for female athletes competing in the range of 400m to 1500m, leaving out Dutee, who competes in 100m and 200m, from its ambit.

 

Dutee said he is keen to train in an academy in Florida (USA) to "change her technique in 100 metres" and is optimistic of getting funds from the government.
"Had planned to go to Florida but government didn't provide the fund. That's why I didn't go. I plan to go next year and now I am training in Hyderabad."

Asked why she needed to change her technique, Dutee said, "100 metres is a technical event, so you have to focus on every detail. From start to finish. I have shortcomings at every stage. So I can get more exposure from those people (foreign trainers).

 

"Basically, when I run, my body gets tight at the last moment. I still don't know why it happens. So, I will have to correct that," she explained.

The sprinter from Odisha is also gearing up to take part in the World University Games to be held in Italy next month.

Dutee said she will approach new sports minister Kieren Rijiju to request for her inclusion in the TOPS scheme.

"I had appealed to (Rajyavardhan) Rathore sir (earlier sports minister), and he said he will do it. Now the minister has changed, so I'll have to approach him again.

 

"Everyone keeps telling we'll do it but it hasn't happened so far. Our government's train runs very slow. Jab station mein lagega tab chadenge. (When it halts at the station then I will board it)," she said.

Asked about South African Caster Semenya's case, Dutee said, "When it was announced, I spoke to Caster. I told her that if you need any help my team will help you to fight the case. So with the help of my team, she appealed."

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