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Dutee Chand gets invitation, likely to take part in World Championships

The sprinter from Odisha, Dutee Chand, is likely to take part in World Championships to be held in London in August. She has received invitation from International Associations of Athletics Federation to take part in the Championship in spite of not meeting the qualification standard needed.

Dutee’s best is 11.30 seconds, which she clocked during the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on May 15. But the original entry standard is 11.26 seconds. She got an invite from the IAAF as the target number of 56 athletes for women’s 100m event was yet to be reached for the August 4-13 World Championships in London.

“We have got an invite from the IAAF offering a quota entry for Dutee Chand in the women’s 100m race. It’s because the targeted number of athletes in that event (women’s 100m) has not been reached,” said Adille Sumariwalla, the President of Athletics Federation of India.

Dutee’s coach c said that she currently has a visa for United Kingdom and therefore can take part in the Championships in such a short notice.

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PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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