Bhubaneswar: India’s fastest sprinter from Odisha, Dutee Chand, on Sunday made a startling revelation by saying that she is in a same-sex relationship with her ‘soulmate.’
The girl, according to Dutee, belongs to her hometown Jajpur and she has known her for a few years.
In an interview to a national newspaper and later speaking to a local Odia television channel on Sunday, Dutee said, “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
The ace sprinter openly declared her love and relationship with her girlfriend and she found out no difficulty in carrying out it in future.
“I have always believed that everyone should have the freedom to love. There is no greater emotion than love and it should not be denied.
“The Supreme Court of India has also struck down the old law. I believe nobody has the right to judge me as an athlete because of my decision to be with who I want. It is a personal decision, which should be respected. I will continue to strive to win medals for India at international meets,” the newspaper quoted her as saying.
Dutee is very clear about her sexual orientation and wants someone who will support her in life forever.
“I wanted to be with someone who will encourage me to continue being a sportsperson. I have been a sprinter for the past 10 years and I will perhaps continue to run for the next five to seven years. I travel around the world to compete. It is not easy. Mujhe kisi ka sahara bhi chahiye (I need someone who will support me on the personal front),” the Olympian told the media.
However, Dutee, the winner of two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games, did not reveal her partner’s name to the media....