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Dutee Chand is Asia’s second fastest woman; wins silver in 100m against all odds of hyperandrogenism

When Dutee Chand was suspended by Athletic Federation of India in compliance with International Olympic Committee on the basis of female hyperandrogenism, there was one man who supported her firmly. That man changed the face of Indian Badminton and he has changed Dutee’s life too. Pulella Gopichand opened his academy doors to Dutee and also provided an immense mental support to fight against the odds.

Dutee successfully defended herself against all charges after appealing to Court of Arbitration for Sports. Dutee was left outside the purview of the hyperandrogenism policy which gave her liberty to pursue her career.

And today she proved to the world that she is an iron woman. Dutee Chand clinched silver in Women’s 100m at the Asian Games 2018. Dutee clocked 11.32 seconds, slightly below her national record of 11.29 seconds. Odiong Edidiong of Bahrain won the gold in 11.30 seconds while Wei Yongli of China took the bronze in 11.33 seconds.

India’s last medal in this event was the bronze won by Rachita Mistry in 1998 Asian Games.

About Poulomi Kundu

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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