Sprinter Dutee Chand will be able to participate in the Asian athletics championship to be held in Wuhan, China, from June 3 to 7. This will enable the Odisha sprinter, a 200m bronze medalist in the 2013 Asian championship in Pune, to compete in an international competition exactly after a gap of one year.
Dutee has been given the go ahead only for the June event in China and will have to sit out of other continental or international events. “Pending a final decision from the CAS, Dutee Chand has been allowed to take part in national events and the Asian Championships to be held in China. She is not eligible to take part in any other continental and international events as of today till the case at the CAS is decided,” a letter from the IAAF to AFI said.
“They haven’t handed me over the letter yet. But they openly asked me to focus on my training and said I can participate in all events till they give their decision. I feel happy now. I missed two big competitions. I have one big event in my hands. I had performed well in the National Games. I will definitely give good performance in the forthcoming Federation Cup games,” said a beaming Dutee speaking to the media on her arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.
The unambiguous letter makes it clear that Dutee has been given the go ahead only for the June event in China and will have to sit out of other continental or international events. After the December 21 ruling, she got only five days to prepare for the Odisha state meet, but Dutee still came through with flying colors. With a timing of 12 seconds, Dutee claimed the right to represent Odisha in the National Games.In the National Games in February this year, after seven months in the wilderness, Dutee reclaimed her sprinting title with a timing of 11.76 in the women’s 100 meter event.
Dutee will train in Hyderabad at the P Gopichand Academy with support from both SAI and Sports Ministry, the release added. Under the present IAAF regulations, the AFI would allow Dutee to compete in various events only if she lowers her testosterone level to a certain limit.