Dutee Chand gets visa to travel to Europe

Dutee Chand was granted visa to travel to Europe and participate in a couple of races in her bid to qualify for the World Athletics Championships.

Dutee Chand has a personal best and national record time of 11.26 seconds in the 100m.   -  PTI

Dutee Chand on Friday was granted visa to travel to Europe and participate in a couple of races in her bid to qualify for the World Athletics Championships.

On Thursday, the athlete had requested the External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to help her get visa so that she can participate in the competitions.

 

Dutee, who recently became the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal in the World University Games, is slated to compete in 100m dash in two IAAF-approved races -- one in Ireland on August 13 and another in Germany on August 19.

While Dutee asked for help a day earlier, sources said that the athlete had applied for the visa last week and had planned to depart from India on Friday.

The World Championships qualifying timing is 11.24 seconds and the 2020 Olympic Games cut-off is 11.15.

She ran her personal best and achieved a national record time of 11.26 seconds in Doha in April during the Asian Championships.