Dutee Chand, the popular Indian sprinter and the national champion in the women's event recently made headlines. It's truly disappointing news for the ace sprinter Dutee Chand. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports declined her nomination for the Arjuna Award. As per the reports from the news agency, they have rejected the nomination as the Odisha Government submitted her name post the due date.
Besides this, her medals were not in the correct ranking order. Later, Dutee Chand told the news agency that she met the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and requested him to send the nomination once again to the Sports Ministry for Arjuna Award. She even said that the chief minister has given assurance that he would soon send the nomination papers. He asked her to prepare for the next events.
Earlier this month i.e., on 10th July, the 23-year-old Dutee won gold at the clock 11.32 seconds at the World University Games in Naples. As a result, she becomes the second Indian sprinter to win Gold in an International event next to Hima Das. She became the topmost sprinter to win Gold in 400m at the World Junior Athletics Championships in the previous year.
Apart from Dutee Chand, earlier, the nomination was declined for the retired Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh for the same reason. Dutee was actually born on 3rd February 1996 in the district of Jaipur, Odisha. She gained inspiration from her elder sister Sarawati Chand, a state-level player. She commenced her career in the year 2012. She became the national champion in the under-18 category. She clocked 11.8 seconds in the 100-meter event.
She turned out to become the first Indian sprinter to reach the finals of the International final in 100meters. In the year 2013, she reached the final competition in the World Youth Championships. We hope the Ministry will consider the name of the sprinter in the nomination for the Arjuna Award. Drop your opinions and ideas of nominating Dutee Chand for the prestigious award.