- Dutee Chand was included as one of the 100 Rising stars a new initiative by TIME magazine.
- The star sprinter actively voices her support for gender equality and rights for young girls.
- She became the first Indian athlete to openly come out as a member of the LGBTQ community.
Indian star sprinter Dutee Chand was included in the TIME magazine’s 100 Next list, which features rising stars across all industries. The list is an expansion of the TIME 100 franchise which features 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of entertainment, sports, science, business, politics, health etc.
Ecstatic and Humbled!
Honoured to be in Time 100 Next 2019. On the track, I'll sprint?
Off the track, I'll fight?
Fight for Inclusion, Equality, Rights and dignity of People. #loveislove https://t.co/8aA5jxiJUu
— Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand) November 13, 2019
How Dutee broke into Time’s prestigious list
The Indian sprinter has come a long way in her career and has faced all sorts of hurdles in her life so far. Her determination and resilience to rise from difficult situations is an inspiration for many aspiring young athletes.
Dutee Chand became the 1st Indian athlete to openly come out as a member of the LGBTQ community. The time she spends in not winning medals and breaking records, she is a flag-bearer for gender equality and rights for young girls.
Chand was recently a part of the new campaign called Propah Lady, launched by Puma. The campaign was launched to celebrate womanhood and encourage women to live life as per their rules. She also recently received a Vogue award for Sportsperson of the year.
The future of Indian athletics for women is certainly in the hands and feet of the right female athletes as Dutee Chand won a gold medal in the 2019 Summer Universiade, Napoli in the 100 metres category. She eventually became the first Indian woman sprinter to win gold at the Universiade and the second Indian sprinter after Hima Das to win gold in an international event.
The Sprinter was invited to compete at the women’s 100m event at the Doha World Championships which were held in September. However, she couldn’t qualify for the semifinals as she clocked 11.48s in the heats event.
On receiving the recognition from the magazine, Dutee Chand said “I am delighted to receive this recognition from the TIME magazine. I believe in gender equality. I’ll continue to fight for the rights of young girls and women in sports as well as in the larger society,”