Goel supports Dutee Chand

Sports Minister, Vijay Goel, made it clear on Wednesday that the ministry would stand by troubled athlete Dutee Chand and strongly persue her case.

“I have read reports in the papers today and as far as the athlete Dutee Chand is concerned, I am very clear that we are standing with our athlete, and will pursue it strongly,” said Goel.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Sports Minister Vijay Goel threw his weight behind beleaguered athlete Dutee Chand on Wednesday, saying the ministry would stand with her and will strongly pursue her case.

Dutee will return to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne later this month to continue her fight against the hyperandrogenism regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Dutee and her lawyers will square up against the IAAF after the world athletics body announced on Tuesday that it would appeal with fresh evidence against CAS’ interim decision of 2015 to suspend its regulations.

“I have read reports in the papers today and as far as the athlete Dutee Chand is concerned, I am very clear that we are standing with our athlete, and will pursue it strongly,” said Goel.

After the CAS partially upheld her appeal in an interim order two years back, Dutee Chand was allowed to “continue to compete” till a final decision was given by the CAS on her appeal against IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy.