Dutee carries India’s hopes as track & field events begin

Bhubaneswar: After a spate of disappointing performances by Indian athletes at the Rio Olympics, all eyes are now on star Odia sprinter Dutee Chand, who will represent India in the track and field events beginning today.

The ace sprinter will represent India in the 100-metre event in the women’s category which will be held in the morning tomorrow(IST).

In an exclusive interview to OTV from Rio before her event, Dutee said, “I have won many medals at national and international events. But I had a dream to represent India in Olympics and now it has come true.”

“Though getting a medal in the Olympics will not be an easy task, I will try my best to bag a medal in the event and bring laurels for my country and state,” a confident Dutee said.

Sharing her experience about the stay at the Olympics village, an overjoyed Dutee said, “It is my first time to reside at the Olympics village. This is a very good experience for me. We are being offered good accommodation and healthy diet here. The most memorable experience for me so far is that I wore a saree at the opening ceremony.”

Ahead of her maiden event at the Olympics, the star sprinter created a hashtag #flyingchand and asked her countrymen to wish her well for the event. Hundreds of Indians have responded to her call since her Twitter post.