dutee chand tokyo olympics: dutee chand exclusive interview to nbt online how she can qualify for tokyo olympics with help of rankings
- Dutee Chand is disappointed with the cancellation of frequent foreign tours
- Dutee will participate in Inter State Senior Athletics Championships
- Dutee failed to reach semi-finals at London Olympics
Indian women’s star sprinter Dutee Chand has only two avenues left to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. First through the Inter State Senior Athletics Championships to be held in Patiala this month and second through rankings, they can get tickets for this great sports event. However, it will not be easy for Dutee, who has won silver medals in the 100 and 200 meters race at the 2018 Asian Games.
Athletics Federation of India (AFI) will organize this championship from June 25 to 29. Apart from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, many foreign athletes will also participate in this championship.
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In an exclusive interview to Navbharat Times Online, 25-year-old Dutee said, “I am currently in Patiala National Camp for three months. I will try my best to get ticket for Tokyo Olympics through this championship. Like every athlete, my dream is to win a medal in the Olympics. I am working hard.
Cancellation of going abroad a day before departure
Dutee was to go to Kyrgyzstan and Almaty in Kazakhstan to participate in tournaments this month. For this, her visa had also been taken, but a day before leaving for the tour, she was told by the Federation that she would no longer be able to participate in these tournaments. Dutee is very sad about this.
According to Dutee, ‘I didn’t get many chances to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. For the last one year, I have not been able to play in any foreign tournament. On June 9, I was supposed to go to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to play tournaments, but a day before my departure, I was told that we would not go there, because of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the governments there allowed Indians to come here. are not giving I think if I had got to play tournaments outside the country, I would have already got a ticket to Tokyo.
The qualifying mark for Tokyo Olympics is 11.15 seconds.
Earlier, the Indian athletics team’s tour of Poland was also canceled due to Corona. The qualifying mark for the Tokyo Olympics in the 100m event is 11.15s while it is 22.80s in the 200m race.
Entry in Tokyo Olympics can also be done through ranking
Dutee says that she can also qualify for the Tokyo Olympics (2020 Tokyo Olympics) through rankings. Currently Dutee’s world ranking is 40. The top 56 athletes in the rankings for the Tokyo Olympics will get a chance. However, many tournaments are to be held abroad before the Olympics. Athletes who perform well in them will affect the rankings. In such a situation, Dutee may have to suffer here because during this time she will not participate in any tournament.
Tokyo Olympics to be held from 23 July to 8 August
The Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8. The final cut off mark list for this will be released on June 29. Arjuna Awardee Dutee clocked 11.56 seconds in the heats at the Rio Olympics. However, she could not qualify for the semi-finals. The qualifying mark for the Rio Olympics was 11.30 seconds.
Sponsor also tried but did not get any tournament
Dutee, who has set a national record, said that even her sponsors tried their best to send her for tournaments abroad but she too did not succeed. Dutee said, ‘My personal sponsor (PUMA) also tried to send me abroad but he too could not succeed in it.’
History was created by winning gold in the 100m event at the World Universiad
Dutee in Odisha is the first Indian athlete to win a gold in the 100m at the Universiad event in Napoli. Dutee has a national record of 11.24 seconds. She is the first Indian to win gold in the 100m at the world level. Dutee won the silver medal in the 100m and 200m events of the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. In the Asian Junior Athletics Championships, Dutee has gold medals in 200m and 4x400m. In the 2016 South Asian Games, Dutee won silver in 100 meters and bronze in 200 meters.
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