Are the underground currents in Dutee Chand's life threatening his career?

NEW DELHI: The cry of a sister: I'm nervous about his career; time is running out The evaluation of a coach: What you need are high quality consecutive races. An alarmed administration: We are worried.

Different forces had lined up earlier also to empower Dutee Chand with the courage of a fighter. A girl with an indigent background never thought she could summon the warrior to face the mighty IAAF, burn the track again at the 2018 Asian Games and then break her own 100m national record twice in 24 hours this year.

But one year before the Tokyo Olympics of 2020, Dutee, one of the main track and field centers in India, hopes to break the medal mess in the Games, needs the forces again to ensure that their efforts are rewarded. And that his thought process is correct.

In May of this year, Dutee challenged the social stigma and made a very bold revelation. For a celebrity, also the first in Indian sports, to reveal that she is in a same-sex relationship is like a matador facing a furious bull. But Dutee took that bull by the horns to protect his personal space and earned the country's respect for being bold, honest and daring.

Questions about Dutee's approach outside the field began to emerge late last year, when he allegedly squandered some of the Rs 3 crore prize money from the Odisha government. And the revelation about the state of their relationship seems to have given strength to the voices that sounded the alarm bells about Dutee's approach.

In the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha this year, she returned with only 200m of bronze, after raising hopes with a 100m record. He finished fifth in the 100m final, with 11.44, after registering 11.26 in the semifinals for a new national record.

Dutee-sprint-TOIDutee-sprint-TOI (TOI photo)

Dutee is currently in Naples, Italy, for Universidade 2019, more commonly known as the World university games . He entered the Universiade from the KIIT University in Bhubaneswar, where she is registered as a law student.

But back home, questions about Dutee's career and focus received a mixed response from those in the know, especially with qualification for the World Athletics Championships (cut-off time: 11.24) and the Olympics (cut-off time: 11.15) pending. Dutee's personal best at present is 11.26.


For about three weeks before flying to Naples, Dutee switched to Bhubaneswar with his personal trainer. Ramesh Nagapuri and trained in the Kalinga Stadium in Bhuabaneswar. Until then, they were in their regular training base, the Pullela Gopichand Academy, in Hyderabad.

the sudden move was allegedly due to coach Ramesh not being happy with the timing of Dutee going public about her relationship, with the Olympics just over a year away. She then decided to train near her home, even if for a brief period, and Ramesh was left with little choice than to join her. To the surprise of many, assisting Ramesh at the Kalinga Stadium was Dutee's childhood coach Siba Prasad Mishra, which added fuel to the speculative fire that Dutee might even be contemplating a change of personal coach.

Dutee-yoga-twitterDutee-yoga-twitter Dutee doing yoga with coach Ramesh (Photo: Twitter)

While some eyebrows were raised when seeing Mishra around the track, any turbulence in the relations between Dutee and Ramesh was refuted as mere rumors.

I do not understand why this is coming, said Ramesh speaking exclusively to

"It is common, previously also I used to do (train Dutee in Bhubaneswar as well as Hyderabad). It's normal. the KIIT University is conducting trials for the World university games . That is why the final preparation is going on in Bhubaneswar," he tried to explain.

Dutee's sister, Saraswati Chand, felt there was no problem. I do not think there's any problem between her and coach Ramesh, she told

Mishra seemed impassive. She follows Mr. Ramesh's training schedule, and I am monitoring him in Odisha. Mr. Ramesh is also here. It is a teamwork.

And Dutee too tried to clear the air. "No, no nothing like that," she said when asked if there was any truth to the rumours that she might be having some problems with Ramesh. "I will continue to train with Ramesh sir. Mishra sir is my childhood coach and also at the KIIT University where I am a student." Dutee told


Saraswati's concerns focus on the trickle-down effect that Dutee's personal life can have on his promising track and field career.

The comments and accusations flew thick and fast when Dutee revealed their relationship. He indicated that serious differences in the subject could have arisen between Dutee and the rest of his family. But the two sisters claim they have made amends, after a bit of dirty laundry was washed in public.

Every family has internal problems. They can be classified within the family, said Saraswati. As an older sister, I just want to guide her in all matters. Rest is your personal life and I respect it, so do our parents.

I am worried because the current time is valuable to her. She has to improve her time to qualify for the World Championship and the Olympic Games, and to achieve it, she requires reassurance and an appropriate approach. What has happened in the last few months have passed, and it is time to leave that behind and train in the best possible way.

Dutee-FBDutee-FB Dutee Chand (Photo: Facebook)

Dutee, who had also spoken against his sister, said that everything is fine within the family and that it was only due to a television interview from his family that things got out of control.

I did not get married and I took her (my partner) to my house to oppose my relationship. Nothing of that. But the local media published some news and a TV channel took a statement from my mother and my sister and made it viral. Everything is fine at home, they understand me, said the 23-year-old sprinter to


the Odisha government recompensó a Dutee más entre the atletas indios que ganaron medallas en the Juegos Asiáticos de 2018. Por regresar con dos medallas de plata (100 y 200 metros), Dutee, una empleada de Odisha Mining Corporation, recibió un premio en efectivo de 3 millones de rupias y continuó apoyando su esfuerzo para calificar para the segundos Juegos Olímpicos de su carrera, en una fila. .

Today, she drives a BMW and it has been learnt that the Sports Department of the Odisha government is now carefully evaluating every requirement sent in by Dutee before approving it, including the latest letter dispatched by her for financial assistance to train in Europe.

"She has sent an estimate to us for training, which is like, I think, almost Rs 3 crore. That's a very, very substantial amount. We have sent it to AFI ( Athletics Federation of India) for vetting. Once we get it back, we will be more than happy to help her with whatever is required," Vishal Dev The commissioner-secretary of sports and tourism of Odisha told

Dutee-Patnaik-FBDutee-Patnaik-FB Debuted with the chief minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik (Photo: Facebook)

Sources in the Odisha government have also told that Dutee's "demands" are becoming a "concern and issue" because "you can't just ask for anything." Some even compared how other Asian Games winners like Swapna Barman and Hima Das have not made as many demands about their training as Dutee.

However, Dev did not comment on that.

We are concerned about his training and the fact that he is doing well and giving glory to the country, he said.


the proposal letter from Dutee to the Sports Department in Odisha has been signed by her coach, sources have told And in that proposal, Dutee has asked for Ramesh to accompany her for training in Europe.

"I have given my project. They haven't sanctioned the money yet. When they do it, I will go. the file (letter) is still with them. Ramesh sir will go with me, because I am following his schedule," said Dutee.

Dutee-training-FBDutee-training-FB Dutee Chand (Photo: Facebook)

However, here too the local government has adopted a wait-and-watch approach until they receive advice from AFI experts.

Basically, we will take AFI on board for this too, whether it is required (send a coach) or not. We will take the technical advice from AFI, said Dev.

Dutee's childhood coach, Mishra, however, still seemed to hope to accompany her to Europe as a coach once the government has approved the request.

A coach must go with her (to Europe). That (to which it goes) will depend on who the athlete feels comfortable with. Dutee must be allowed to decide who goes with her, not the government. Depends on how safe Dutee is. about the coach who accompanies her, Mishra told

Seis meses antes de entrar en el año olímpico, parece que hay muchas corrientes subterráneas diferentes que podrían afectar the preparativos de Dutee. Ahora depende de Dutee mantenerse concentrada y, a pesar de las muchas distracciones, se esfuerza al máximo para garantizar que the resultados estén a la par con su talento y las expectativas del país.