Q&A: DUTEE CHAND

Dutee Chand, ath­lete, on of­fer­ing le­gal aid to Caster Se­menya, and stretch­ing her dreams from the Olympics to Bol­ly­wood

India Today - - INSIDE - —with Mona Ra­ma­vat

Q. You of­fered the help of your le­gal team to South African ath­lete Caster Se­menya.

I had met her at 2016 Rio Olympics. I sent her an e-mail of­fer­ing the aid of my le­gal team to help her chal­lenge the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions’s new reg­u­la­tions. I do not un­der­stand English too well, but I know she was touched by the ges­ture.

Q. The Olympic chan­nel’s Foul Play se­ries im­plic­itly com­pares you with Jewish high jumper Mar­garet Lam­bert who was barred from com­pet­ing at the 1936 Olympics….

I feel hon­oured and hum­bled. I am also com­pared to P.T. Usha and that is a big mo­ti­va­tion.

Q. What kept you go­ing dur­ing your hy­per­an­dro­genism case against IAAF in 2014?

Win­ning medals for In­dia. That has al­ways been my big­gest dream, when I would run for three kilo­me­tres to school ev­ery day, dur­ing the dif­fi­cult time of the case and now, when I am prepar­ing for the 2022 Olympics.

Q. What do peo­ple back home in Orissa say of your suc­cess?

They feel thrilled with ev­ery new achieve­ment. When I go home, chil­dren of the neigh­bour­hood come out to run with me.

Q. Bol­ly­wood is keen on sports biopics these days….

I have been re­ceiv­ing of­fers. But my fo­cus is en­tirely on my sport for the next five years. If it does get made though, I would love if the film is named Born to Run.

KRISHNENDU HALDER

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