- Dutee Chand revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship for the past four years
- This is the first time an Indian sports star has come out of the closet
- Chand is currently training to qualify for the World Championship and 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Dutee Chand revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship, becoming the first Indian sports star to do so. The current 100m national champion said she has found a soul mate in a 19-year old woman from her hometown. The 23-year old admitted that she has been in a relationship for four years now.
“I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice,” she said.
Chand won silver medals in both 100 m and 200 m at the Asian Games last year. She became only third Indian women to qualify for the 100 m event at Rio 2016 but could not make it out of the preliminary round. Chand is currently focused on training to qualify for the World Championship and 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and any plans of settling down are currently on hold.
Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her,” Chand added.
The sprinter was worried about reactions from her family after coming out of the closet. And if her family’s reaction was anything to go by, they have not taken this news very well. “My eldest sister feels that my partner is interested in my property. She has told me that she will send me to jail for having this relationship,” Chand said about her family’s reaction.
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But this is not the first time Chand is facing an uphill battle to prove her point. Back in 2014, she was diagnosed with hyperandrogenism, which produces high male sex hormones. Chand was barred from competing under IAAF rules and was on the sidelines for a year. But she fought her way back with gender testing and winning a case in the Court of Arbitration. Since then, the sprinter has participated in Rio Olympics and has won medals at the Asian Games.
Although Chand is the first Indian to come out, she definitely is not alone in the world of sports. This list includes Various sports stars, including Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, 5-time Olympic gold medallist swimmer, Ian Thorpe and many more.