Jajpur, Sept 29 (LocalWire): Family members of sprint queen Dutee Chand blamed her lesbian relationship for her poor performance in the Women’s 100 metre race at World Athletics Championships in Doha on Saturday.
Dutee finished seventh in the heat by clocking 11.48 seconds and ranked 37 among 47 competitors to crash out of the championships.
Two years back, Dutee had created history by winning a silver medal in the 100 meter race in Asian Games in Jakarta by clocking 11.32.
Three years back, Dutee became the second Indian woman after PT Usha to qualify for the 100 metre-event in Rio Olympics as she clocked 11.30 seconds after meeting the qualification mark at XXVI International Meeting G Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
‘We are shocked after Dutee crashed out in the first round by clocking 11.48 seconds, one of her worst timings in her athletic career.
We advised her umpteen times not to indulge in a same-sex relationship with a girl from our village. But she did not pay any heed and her career is at stake.
Dutee is being misguided by some people including the parents of her partner with an ulterior motive as they are eyeing her earnings,’ said Saraswati Chand, the elder sister of Dutee.
Dutee was disqualified in August 2014 on the eve of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow by the AFI as per IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy after tests revealed that her body produced natural levels of testosterone above permissible range.
That decision had left the budding sportswoman distraught and upset.
She filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Switzerland and in an interim order in 2014 December, the Court of Arbitration for Sports allowed her to participate in the Asian Championships in China.
Later, in July 2015 she got a clean chit as in its final order the Court of Arbitration for Sports allowed her to restart her international athletic career, added Saraswati.
In the month of May this year Dutee confessed to having sexual relationship with a girl and about her plans to marry her.
‘We are totally against Dutee’s lesbian relationship.
Our dreams came true when she won two silver medals in the Asian Games in Jakatra two years back.
We cannot but wonder how our daughter did such an immoral and unethical act.
Her sports career nose-dived after she started the same sex relationship with the girl and she shamed us in the village,’ Dutee’s mother Akhuji said.