New Delhi: Indian sprinter Dutee Chand on Thursday broke her silence on the gender test ban. The 22-year-old athlete said she was taunted, discriminated and even called a man after she failed the gender test.
In an exclusive interview to NewsX, the women sprinter from Orissa said that she was humiliated at every step and was banned from competing under the International Association of Athletics Federation’s.
Chand was banned under athletics’ hyperandrogenism policy, which found she had naturally high levels of testosterone, well above the permissible level. Chand was dropped from the Commonwealth Games contingent at the last minute after the Athletic Federation of India stated that hyperandrogenism made her ineligible to compete as a female athlete.
“My life was a living hell. People called me a man. Tainted me, humiliated me and even discriminated me. Now I have to fight to get back my lost pride. I have to reach Rio Olympics at any cost. Today I missed by 0.01 sec, but I will be able to achieve my goal very shortly,” Chand said.
Chand clinched a gold medal and broke the national record in women’s 100 meters by clocking 11.33 seconds at the Olympic Qualifying event at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JLN) on Thursday. She missed the Olympic berth by 0.01 seconds in 100 meters women Olympic qualifier.
Chand, in 2012 became a national champion in the under-18 category when she clocked 11.8 seconds in the 100 meters event.