Dutee: ‘Feel like a mother who delivered a baby after lengthy labour’

Dutee Chand has come a long way after she had to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, seeking justice when the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism rules stopped her from competing.

Silver medalist Dutee Chand during the women's 100m final track event at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Sunday.   -  PTI

“I feel like a mother who has just delivered a child after a lengthy labour,” said Dutee Chand, after pocketing the 100m silver that ended a 20-year-wait for the country.


One could understand. She had to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport-- the world’s highest court for sport-- seeking justice when the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism rules stopped her from competing. Dutee will not get back the meets she missed but now she has a very precious medal.


“I worked really hard for this. And I did not get much of international exposure. Some more international competition would have helped me to even win the gold,” said the 22-year-old from Odisha. “Still, I’m happy I won a medal.”


Dutee also remembered the people who helped her fight the case against the IAAF, athletics’ world body, at CAS.


“I’d like to thank Payoshini Mitra, who supported me. If she had not won the case for me, I would not have been here.”