Dutee Chand granted Europe visa as prep continues for Oly qualification

Published: Aug 10, 2019, 15:57 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Dutee Chand wrote on Twitter: "Stand as a proud daughter with all who stood by me in the time of need. Big shout out 2 all who made my voice heard. Big thanks to @MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar @IndiaSports @KirenRijiju for personally looking into my visa"

Dutee Chand granted Europe visa as prep continues for Oly qualification
Dutee Chand at an event

The Sports Ministry headed by Kiren Rijiju came to Dutee Chand's aid after the sprinter asked the government for help to get visa to participate in a couple of races in Europe.

Dutee Chand wrote on Twitter: "Stand as a proud daughter with all who stood by me in the time of need. Big shout out 2 all who made my voice heard. Big thanks to @MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar @IndiaSports @KirenRijiju for personally looking into my visa issue and clearing it from their side. Thanks @Naveen_Odisha (sic)."

Dutee is keen to qualify for the women's 100m event at the 2020 Tokyo Games and said that her preparations are on in full swing for the same.

"I was very happy with my performance at the World Universiade Games where I won the gold medal. I learnt a lot and it was a wonderful experience for me. However, the qualification mark for the Olympics of 11.15 seconds is very difficult. No Indian athlete has ever achieved that. Even, my personal best is 11.24 seconds.

"Despite that, I will try my best to achieve the qualification mark in order to represent India at the Tokyo Olympics," she told IANS.

Speaking about the upcoming World Championships to be held from September 27 to October 6, Dutee said she is looking forward to the event.

"My preparations for the upcoming World Championships are going pretty well. I am working 5-6 hours daily along with my coaches and teammates," she said.

With inputs from IANS

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