Dutee Chand keen to join politics after athlete career

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s ace sprinter Dutee Chand recently expressed her interest to throw her hat in the political ring after finishing her career as an athlete.

The 23-year-old athlete who is currently the national champion in the women’s 100 metres event, said her family involved in grassroots politics and she wanted to join politics since her childhood.

“I have always wanted to join politics since childhood. My family has also been involved in grassroots politics, with my mother being the SARPANCH of our village,” Dutee tweeted.

The fastest Indian sprinter said if she gets a chance to help people as an administrator, she would readily do so. However, she will wait till the completion of her career as an athlete.

In July this year, Dutee became the first Indian to win a gold medal in 100m category during the World University Games. She is currently preparing for the World Championships scheduled to begin on September 27 in Doha.

Earlier this year, the 23-year-old athlete openly announced that she was in a same-sex relationship.