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Is Dutee Chand Set To Join Politics?


23 September 2019

Chetna Patnaik


Bhubaneswar: Fastest woman of India- Dutee Chand shocked and surprised many when she recently expressed her desire to join the field of politics. While it is nothing new for a sportsperson to foray into politics, Dutee’s words earned mixed reactions.

A regular at the popular micro-blogging site, Dutee’s post on Twitter said:

Taking a leaf out from her mother’s book, she too wishes to join politics in the future. Dutee asserts that her family being an integral part of grassroots politics, she also wants to follow the same path someday and that this has been a childhood dream for her.

Dutee’s post found some supporters while a few fans urged her to not quit so soon as they believe that she can still win several medals for her State and her Nation. Let’s look at a few reactions:

The ace Odia sprinter is not the first sportsperson to get captivated by the enchanting world of politics. Cricketers Navjot Singh Sidhu, Mohammad Azharuddin and Gautam Gambhir, Boxer Vijender Singh, Swimmer Nafisa Ali, Para-athlete Deepa Malik, and Shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to name a few have forayed into politics after successful careers in their respective sports. While for some it was a watershed moment, and for rest, it was a complete washout.

Carrer-wise, Dutee is part of the Indian contingent that will be going to the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar which starts on September 27. And she has been preparing in the Capital city during late evening keeping in mind the scary Doha heat. Dutee has maintained that her primary objective is to match her best time of 11.24 seconds; a national record, but she also has an eye on the finals.