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Ace Sprinter Dutee Chand Comes Out Of Closet, Reveals She Is In Same-Sex Relationship With Soulmate


19 May 2019

OMMCOM NEWS


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Bhubaneswar: In a landmark development in India's Sports and Athletics industry, ace sprinter Dutee Chand has come out of the closet and has revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with her soulmate, a girl from her hometown Chaka Gopalpur village.

Speaking to OMMCOM NEWS, Dutee said, "I have been in a relationship with the girl for past three years. She is one of my biggest fans and motivates me in every step of my life. I believe that I have found my soulmate in her."

She also revealed that she gathered courage to speak about her relationship after Supreme Court’s historic decision to decriminalise Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code last year. The Section had criminalized homosexuality by defining it 'against the order of nature'.

"Everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. It is an individual person’s choice. There is nothing to feel afraid or ashamed about it," she said.

Currently, Dutee is focused on the World Championships and the Tokyo Olympic Games. But, she expressed the desire to settle down with her soulmate, later in her life.

Dutee has won laurels for the country by winning two silver medals at the Asian Games 2018 in the women's 100m and 200m finals. She is also a pioneer for having fought and won a long-standing battle with International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) that had banned her citing hyperandrogenism.

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Dutee Chand