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Dutee Chand

Biography – Wiki

Full nameDutee Chand
ProfessionTrack and Field Athlete
Physical Stats – Height – Weight & More
Height150 cm (4 ft 11 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Exploring the Personal Life of Dutee Chand
Date of BirthDutee Chand was born on February 3, 1996, in Jajpur District, Odisha.
BirthplaceShe hails from Jajpur District, Odisha.
AgeAt the age of 28, as of 2024, Dutee Chand has already made significant strides in her career.
Zodiac signBorn under the sign of Aquarius, Dutee Chand embodies traits of independence and innovation.
NationalityShe is proudly Indian, representing her country on the international stage.
HometownHer hometown is the serene Chaka Gopalpur Village, nestled in Odisha.
SchoolDutee Chand attended the local school in Chaka Gopalpur Village, Odisha, for her early education.
College/UniversityShe pursued her higher education at KIIT University, situated in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
Educational QualificationDutee Chand completed her Bachelors of Law from KIIT University in 2013, showcasing her academic prowess alongside her athletic achievements.
ReligionShe follows the faith of Hinduism.
Food HabitDutee Chand maintains a non-vegetarian diet to support her rigorous training regimen.
CoachUnder the guidance of Coach Ramesh Nagapuri, Dutee Chand has honed her athletic skills to excellence.
Player Profile: Dutee Chand
Country India
Event(s)100 meters, 200 meters
ClubOdisha Mining Corporation
Coached byRamesh Nagapuri
Achievements and titles
Personal bests100 m: 11.17 NR (2021)
200 m: 23.00 (2018)
Medal record
Representing India
Asian Games
 2018 Jakarta100 m
 2018 Jakarta200 m
Asian Championships
 2013 Pune200 m
 2017 Bhubaneswar100 m
 2017 Bhubaneswar4×100 m
 2019 Doha200 m
Asian Indoor Athletics Championships
 2016 Doha60 m
South Asian Games
 2016 Guwahati100m
 2016 Guwahati200m
Summer Universiade
 2019 Naples100m
Asian Junior Athletics Championships
 2014 Taipei200 m
 2014 Taipei4×400 m
Exploring the Family Tree: An Insight into Family Details
FamilyFather: Chakradhar Chand was a weaver
Mother: Akhuji Chand was a weaver
Siblings: She has 1 brother and 5 Sisters.
Brother- Rabindra Chand
Sister(s)- 5
• Saraswati Chand (Elder) – She competed running at the state level.
• Sanjulata Chand (Elder)
• Anjana Chand (Younger)
• Pratima Chand (Younger)
• Aliva Chand (Younger)
Dutee’s Professional Career Journey
2012–2013In 2012, Dutee Chand emerged as a national champion in the under-18 category, posting a time of 11.85 seconds in the 100 meters event. At the 2013 Asian Athletics Championships held in Pune, she secured the bronze medal in the Women's 200 meters event with a timing of 23.811 seconds. This remarkable year also witnessed her historic feat of being the first Indian athlete to advance to the final of a global athletics 100 meters final during the 2013 World Youth Championships. Furthermore, she clinched the national champion titles in both the 100 meters and 200 meters events at the National Senior Athletics Championships in Ranchi. In the 100 meters final, she clocked 11.73 seconds, while achieving a career-best time of 23.73 seconds in the 200 meters event.
2014Despite her remarkable achievements, Dutee Chand faced a significant setback in June 2014. She displayed outstanding prowess by clinching two gold medals at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in the 200 meters event and the 4 × 400 meters relays. Notably, she improved her previous timing in the 200 meters race to 23.74 seconds, harboring hopes of qualifying for the Commonwealth Games. However, Chand's aspirations were dashed when she was unexpectedly dropped from the 2014 Commonwealth Games contingent. The Athletic Federation of India cited hyperandrogenism as the reason, deeming her ineligible to compete as a female athlete. This decision led to her exclusion from the Indian contingent for the subsequent 2014 Asian Games as well. It's important to note that there were no allegations of cheating or doping against Chand, and the decision drew widespread criticism from intersex advocates, highlighting the complexities and controversies surrounding gender regulations in sports.
2015Dutee Chand's resilience and determination came to the forefront in 2015 when she decided to challenge the ruling that barred her from competing due to hyperandrogenism. She appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) with the support of Canadian law firm Davies, Ward, Philips & Vineberg, LLP, who represented her pro bono. The landmark case, Dutee Chand v. Athletics Federation of India (AFI) & The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), resulted in a significant policy shift. In July 2015, the CAS suspended the IAAF policy on hyperandrogenism, acknowledging a lack of evidence linking higher levels of testosterone in women to enhanced athletic performance. The ruling mandated the IAAF to provide evidence within two years to support their policy. Consequently, this decision effectively lifted Chand's suspension from competition, paving the way for her return to racing. Notably, Santhi Soundarajan, an Indian middle-distance runner, voiced her support for Chand, advocating against her victimization and emphasizing the importance of facilitating Chand's comeback to the track.
2016The year 2016 marked a triumphant return for Dutee Chand to the track following the rule change regarding hyperandrogenism. She made her presence felt at the 2016 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, competing in the 60 meters event. In the qualification round, she not only set a new Indian national record with a remarkable timing of 7.28 seconds but also went on to secure the bronze medal in the final, clocking in at 7.37 seconds. Chand's relentless pursuit of excellence continued as she shattered Rachita Mistry's 16-year-old national record in the women's 100 meters event at the 2016 Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi, posting an impressive time of 11.33 seconds. Although she narrowly missed the Rio Olympics qualification norm of 11.32 seconds by one-hundredth of a second, Chand's perseverance paid off when she broke the national record twice in a single day on June 25, 2016, at the XXVI International Meeting G Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan, clocking an astounding 11.24 seconds and securing her qualification for the Olympic Games. Chand's participation at the Rio 2016 Olympics marked a significant milestone as she became the third Indian woman to compete in the Women's 100 meters event. Despite her best efforts, she did not progress beyond the heats, registering a time of 11.69 seconds. Post-Rio Olympics, Chand dedicated herself to training in Hyderabad, where she mentored young athletes, with notable mention of Indian Badminton Star P. V. Sindhu, showcasing her commitment to nurturing future talents alongside her own pursuit of excellence.
Dutee’s Career Journey 2017−present
2017In 2017, Dutee Chand showcased her prowess once again at the Asian Athletics Championships, securing two bronze medals. She clinched one bronze in the Women's 100 meters event and another in the Women's 4 × 100 meters relay, partnering with Srabani Nanda, Merlin K Joseph, and Himashree Roy, at Bhubaneswar. This stellar performance further solidified her status as a formidable sprinter on the international stage.
2018The year 2018 marked a significant milestone in Dutee Chand's career as she secured her first Asian Games medal. In the Women's 100 meters finals at the 2018 Asian Games, she won the silver medal, clocking in at 11.32 seconds on August 26. Subsequently, on August 29, she clinched her second silver medal at the Asian Games in the Women's 200 meters final. Notably, her silver in the 100 meters event was India's first silver in this category in 32 years since P.T. Usha's victory in 1986. Additionally, Chand's silver in the 200 meters event marked India's first medal in this category in 16 years since Saraswati Saha's gold in 2002 at Busan. Despite her remarkable achievements, Chand expressed concerns about her future, reflecting on her long legal battle and drawing parallels with Caster Semenya's ongoing struggles, stating, "My legal team helped me to come back. But nobody can guarantee what will happen in the future."
2019Dutee Chand continued her streak of success in 2019 by making history at the Summer Universiade in Napoli. She clinched the gold medal in the 100 meters race, becoming the first Indian woman sprinter to achieve this feat at the Universiade. Chand completed the sprint in a remarkable time of 11.32 seconds, showcasing her dominance on the track. Additionally, she had the honor of being the flag-bearer during the opening ceremony of the event, further highlighting her significance in Indian athletics.
2021Despite facing challenges, Dutee Chand persevered and competed at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the Women's 100 meters and 200 meters events. Although she qualified based on her world rankings, she did not meet the events' entry requirements in terms of minimum times. In the initial heats, she posted times of 11.54 and 23.85 seconds, respectively, which were outside the range required to progress to the semi-final rounds.
2023On January 18, 2023, it was announced that Dutee Chand had tested positive for three different prohibited substances, marking a significant setback in her career and raising questions about her future in athletics.
Television Appearances
In 2022, Dutee Chand participated as a contestant on the television show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10," where she showcased her dancing skills. Despite her efforts, she finished in 14th place on the show.
2022Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10Contestant14th place
Dutee Chand’s Global Competitions
Representing India
Outdoor competition
2013World Youth Championships in AthleticsDonetsk, Ukraine6th100 m11.71 sec
Asian Athletics ChampionshipsPune, India3rd place, bronze medalist(s)200 m23.811 sec
2014Asian Junior Athletics ChampionshipsTaipei, Taiwan1st place, gold medalist(s)200 m23.74 sec
1st place, gold medalist(s)4 × 400 m relay3.40.53 min
2016XXVI G Kosanov MemorialAlmaty, KazakhstanNR100 m11.24 sec[34]
Rio Olympics(Heat 5)Jakarta, IndonesiaH5–7th100 m11.69 sec
2017Asian Athletics ChampionshipsBhubaneswar, India3rd place, bronze medalist(s)100 m11.52 sec
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)4 × 100 m relay44.57 sec
World Championships in Athletics (Heat)London, UKH5–5th100 m12.07 sec
2018Asian GamesJakarta, Indonesia2nd place, silver medalist(s)100 m11.32 s
SF1–1st PB200 m23.00 s
2nd place, silver medalist(s)23.20 s
2019Asian Athletics ChampionshipsDoha, QatarH4−1st NR100 m11.28 sec
SF NR11.26 sec
FL−5th11.44 sec
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)200 m23.24 sec
XXX Summer UniversiadeNaples, Italy1st place, gold medalist(s)100 m11.32 sec
Indoor Competition
2016Asian Indoor Athletics ChampionshipsDoha, QatarH−1st NR60 m7.28 s
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)7.37 s
IAAF World Indoor ChampionshipsPortland, USH5–5th60 m7.30 s
SF3–8th7.62 s

- H - Heats/qualification rounds
- SF - Semi-finals
- FL - Finals
- NR - National record
- PB - Personal best
Medals Received by Dutee Chand
Gold200m2014 Taipei Asian Junior Athletics Championships
Gold4x400m2014 Taipei Asian Junior Athletics Championships
Gold100m2019 XXX Summer Universiade, Naples, Italy
Silver100m2016 Guwahati South Asian Games
Silver100m2018 Jakarta Asian Games
Silver200m2018 Jakarta Asian Games
Bronze200m2013 Pune Asian Championships
Bronze200m2016 Guwahati South Asian Games
Bronze100m2017 Bhubaneswar Asian Championships
Bronze4x100m2017 Bhubaneswar Asian Championships
Bronze200m2019 Doha Asian Championships
Awards and Honors
Received ₹3 crore (US$380,000) from the Government of Odisha for securing silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games.
Relationships & More
Sexual OrientationLesbian
Affairs/GirlfriendsMonalisa - Dutee Chand, the star athlete, made headlines when she revealed her relationship with Monalisa, a 19-year-old girl from her village, during an interview. Chand shared a celebratory photo with Monalisa on Instagram, captioning it "Love is love." The photo was taken at Chand's sister's wedding, where Monalisa wore a dark blue traditional dress while Chand sported crisp blue jacket and trousers. Chand, known for her sprinting prowess and national record in the 100-meter race, became the first Indian athlete to openly announce a same-sex relationship in May 2019. Despite initial objections from her family, Chand remains unbothered by public opinion regarding her relationship. She believes that love transcends barriers of caste, religion, and gender, emphasizing the importance of love and acceptance in July 2020.
Personal Life
Marital StatusUnmarried
Marriage Date(s)N/A
Style Quotient, Assets & Properties
Car CollectionDutee Chand's car collection includes:

A Tata Nano, model year 2013.
A BMW 5-Series.
A Mahindra XUV-500.
A Ford Aspire, model year 2018.
Assets / PropertiesNot Known
Salary, Net Worth & Monthly Income
Net Worth41 Crore INR
Monthly Income and SalaryRs 84,604
Yearly IncomeRs 20-25 lakh a year

Unveiling the lesser-known facets of Dutee Chand’s life

  • Dutee Chand was born on February 3, 1996, in Chaka Gopalpur village, Jajpur district, Odisha, to Chakradhar Chand and Akhuji Chand.
  • Coming from a weaver family below the poverty line, Chand draws inspiration from her older sister, Saraswati Chand, who also competed in running at the state level.
  • In 2006, Dutee and her elder sister Saraswati were enrolled in a Government Sports Hostel in Bhubaneshwar due to financial constraints in their family.
  • Facing financial difficulties with seven children to feed, Dutee’s father made the tough decision to enroll them in the hostel for better opportunities.

  • In 2013, Dutee Chand enrolled at KIIT University to pursue a degree in law.
  • As of 2016, she holds a position as an executive officer at The Odisha Mining Corporation Ltd, a state-owned PSU.
  • In 2019, Chand made history by becoming India’s first openly queer athlete, publicly declaring her same-sex relationship. She credited the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to decriminalize gay sex in 2018 for empowering her to speak openly about her sexuality.
  • Chand faced significant backlash from her home village following her announcement, with residents disavowing her remarks as “humiliating.” Even her eldest sister threatened to expel her from the family due to her public stance on her sexuality.

  • In April 2018, the IAAF announced new rules mandating hyperandrogenous athletes to lower their testosterone levels, effective from November 2018.
  • The rules, which targeted athletes competing in the 400m, 800m, and 1500m events, drew criticism for their narrow scope and perceived targeting of Semenya.
  • Dutee Chand, who faced a similar hyperandrogenism controversy, expressed solidarity with Semenya, highlighting the struggles of being sidelined from international events due to hyperandrogenism.
  • Chand emphasized the emotional toll of facing negativity, fear for her career, and insensitive comments about her body for four years.
  • Chand expressed relief that she could now compete fearlessly, with her battle confined to the track rather than off it.

In August 2019, renowned sportswear brand Puma signed Chand for a two-year endorsement deal to promote their products.

Recognition and Support:

  • NALCO (National Aluminium Company) CMD Dr T. K Chand praised Dutee for her silver double in the 100 and 200 meters, bringing glory to the country and the state.
  • Despite financial struggles, Dutee managed to meet her nutritional requirements by attending village functions for meals.
  • Encouraged by her sister, Dutee trained barefoot along the banks of her village river and initially wore Goldstar shoes when she began sprinting professionally.

Professional Career:

  • In 2014, Dutee shifted to Hyderabad to train at the Pullela Gopichand Academy under the guidance of Coach N Ramesh.
  • Dutee’s elder sister, Saraswati, took up a job in the police force to support Dutee through her hardships and help her achieve her goals.

Career Milestones and Personal Achievements:

  • On May 23, 2016, Dutee was appointed as a Manager at the Odisha Mining Corporation by the Odisha Government.
  • After the Supreme Court’s decision to decriminalize Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, Dutee gained the confidence to reveal her same-sex relationship, becoming India’s first openly gay athlete and receiving nationwide praise.

Records and Recognition:

  • Dutee Chand holds the distinction of breaking her own records seven times, establishing herself as a trailblazer in Indian athletics.
  • Rejecting orthodoxy, Dutee embraces individuality and openness in her approach to life and sport.

Media Appearances and Accolades:

  • On November 1, 2019, Dutee appeared on a special episode of “Karamveer” on the show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 11 alongside Hima Das.
  • In November 2019, Dutee Chand was featured in the prestigious Time Magazine’s “100 Next,” further solidifying her status as an influential figure on the global stage.

Ban by IAAF:

  • In 2014, Dutee Chand was prohibited from competing in international sporting events by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) due to her higher-than-permissible levels of testosterone, a male sex hormone.
  • Chand appealed this decision in the Court of Arbitration in 2015 and emerged victorious in the landmark ‘Gender’ case, allowing her to resume competing in international events after a one-year ban.

Four-Year Ban for Doping:

  • On January 3, 2023, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) imposed a four-year ban on Dutee Chand after she failed dope tests.
  • Anabolic agents/SARMS were detected in her urine samples, leading to the ban. In response, Chand expressed her intention to challenge NADA’s decision and called upon the state government, central government, and NADA to reconsider the ban, thereby enabling her to represent India in competitions.

Dutee Chand’s journey from humble beginnings to becoming a household name in Indian athletics is nothing short of inspiring. Despite facing numerous challenges and controversies, Chand has consistently defied odds and emerged victorious. Her unwavering determination, resilience, and courage have propelled her to the pinnacle of success. From overcoming bans and discrimination to breaking records and making history, Chand has not only shattered stereotypes but also paved the way for future generations of athletes. As India’s first openly queer athlete and a fierce advocate for gender equality, Chand’s impact transcends the track. She stands as a symbol of empowerment, challenging societal norms and championing inclusivity. Through her remarkable achievements and unwavering spirit, Dutee Chand has etched her name in the annals of Indian sports history as a true trailblazer and an inspiration to millions.

Who is Dutee Chand?

Dutee Chand is an Indian sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters and 200 meters events.

What is Dutee Chand known for?

Dutee Chand is known for her exceptional speed and athleticism on the track, as well as her groundbreaking achievements as India's first openly queer athlete.

When was Dutee Chand born?

Dutee Chand was born on February 3, 1996.

Where is Dutee Chand from?

Dutee Chand hails from Chaka Gopalpur village in the Jajpur district of Odisha, India.

What are Dutee Chand's notable achievements?

Dutee Chand's notable achievements include winning medals at the Asian Games, Asian Championships, and representing India at the Olympics.

What sports does Dutee Chand compete in?

Dutee Chand competes in track and field events, primarily focusing on sprinting disciplines such as the 100 meters and 200 meters.

Has Dutee Chand faced any controversies?

Yes, Dutee Chand has faced controversies regarding her eligibility to compete due to hyperandrogenism, a medical condition that results in higher-than-normal levels of testosterone.

How did Dutee Chand challenge the hyperandrogenism rule?

Dutee Chand challenged the hyperandrogenism rule by appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and ultimately winning her case in 2015.

What was the outcome of Dutee Chand's case at CAS?

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled in favor of Dutee Chand, suspending the hyperandrogenism rule and allowing her to compete in international events.

What impact did Dutee Chand's case have on sports regulations?

Dutee Chand's case led to a reevaluation of sports regulations concerning hyperandrogenism and sparked discussions about fairness and inclusion in athletics.

How has Dutee Chand inspired others?

Dutee Chand has inspired others through her resilience, courage, and willingness to challenge norms, particularly regarding gender and sexuality in sports.

What endorsements does Dutee Chand have?

Dutee Chand has endorsement deals with various brands, including sportswear companies like Puma.

What are Dutee Chand's views on LGBTQ+ rights?

Dutee Chand is a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and has used her platform to raise awareness and promote acceptance and equality.

How does Dutee Chand train for competitions?

Dutee Chand undergoes rigorous training under the guidance of her coaches, focusing on speed, agility, and strength to excel in sprinting events.

What role does Dutee Chand's family play in her career?

Dutee Chand's family has been supportive of her athletic pursuits, with her elder sister even taking up a job to help support her training and career.

What challenges has Dutee Chand faced in her career?

Dutee Chand has faced challenges such as financial constraints, discrimination, and controversies surrounding her eligibility to compete.

How does Dutee Chand stay motivated?

Dutee Chand stays motivated by setting goals, maintaining a disciplined training regimen, and drawing inspiration from her past achievements and future aspirations.

How does Dutee Chand give back to the community?

Dutee Chand gives back to the community by mentoring young athletes, advocating for social causes, and using her platform to support marginalized groups.

What advice does Dutee Chand have for aspiring athletes?

Dutee Chand advises aspiring athletes to stay focused, work hard, and believe in themselves, regardless of obstacles they may face.

How does Dutee Chand balance sports and education?

Dutee Chand prioritizes both sports and education, managing her time efficiently and pursuing her studies alongside her athletic career.

What accolades has Dutee Chand received?

Dutee Chand has received accolades such as the Arjuna Award, recognizing her contributions to Indian athletics.

What are Dutee Chand's future goals?

Dutee Chand's future goals include representing India at international competitions, breaking records, and continuing to advocate for equality in sports.

How does Dutee Chand handle criticism and setbacks?

Dutee Chand handles criticism and setbacks by staying resilient, learning from her experiences, and focusing on her long-term goals.

How has Dutee Chand contributed to changing perceptions in sports?

Dutee Chand has contributed to changing perceptions in sports by challenging stereotypes, promoting diversity, and advocating for inclusivity and acceptance.

What legacy does Dutee Chand hope to leave behind?

Dutee Chand hopes to leave behind a legacy of courage, resilience, and empowerment, inspiring future generations to pursue their dreams and create positive change in the world of athletics and beyond.


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