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Dutee Seeks Tokyo Medal To Win Big-B Lunch

Dutee Seeks Tokyo Medal To Win Big-B Lunch

Promise of a `dream luncheon’ with Big B is driving ace Indian sprinter Dutee Chand to bag a medal in Tokyo Olympics

An insatiable craze and appetite for a medal in the coming Tokyo Olympics has been driving one ace sprinter of India crazy.

Because, a medal in the Tokyo Olympics will fetch her another ‘rare’ trophy: a sumptuous luncheon with `Big B Sir’ (Amitabh Bachchan).

Meet `Sprint Queen’ Dutee Chand, who has been going through a rigorous training session almost 24 X 7 to win a medal in Tokyo and book a luncheon date with Amitabhji.

According to Dutee, she and Hima Das of Assam were once invited to a TV game show which was being anchored by Amitabh Bachchan.

The Asian Games medal winner is currently in Kolkata to receive the Arjuna Award from President Ramnath Kovind for 2020 in sprint in a `virtual’ ceremony to be telecast live from the Rastrapati Bhavan on August 29

Her tale of struggle, struggles against apathy,ridicule and insult moved Big B so much that he told Dutee never to lose heart, as he too had through a lot of `refusals’ in his professional career.

“Amitabhji also promised an exclusive adda with me over lunch if I could win a medal in the Tokyo Olympics,” Duteee fused over the phone call with this correspondent.

“His words keep ringing in my ears all the time; believe me, this is my additional inspiration to win a medal for the country,” the 24-year-old fastest track athlete of India told EastIndiaStory.Com over phone on August 28.

The Asian Games medal winner is currently in Kolkata to receive the Arjuna Award from President Ramnath Kovind for 2020 in sprint in a `virtual’ ceremony to be telecast live from the Rastrapati Bhavan on August 29.

The indomitable athlete, who hails from a backward Jajpur district of Odisha, drove almost 440 kms from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata to receive the award at the virtual ceremony here.

Dutee would like to dedicate the award to those sportspersons who have become victims of neglect and apathy like her in their struggle to bring laurels for India.

The sprint sensation, who has already clocked 11.02 seconds sometimes during practice sessions, is intrigued by the authorities’ delay in announcing the date for the final trial for selection for the 100 metre sprint.

The benchmark time to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics has been fixed at 11.15 seconds and Dutee has already crossed that hurdle during her practice sessions.

“I’d love to give my best during the final trial,” said a confident Dutee, who has completely devoted herself to training for the now-postponed Summer Olympics.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been indefinitely deferred, thanks to the prevailing pandemic.

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Dutee is the current national champion in the women’s 100 metres event and only the third Indian woman to ever qualify for the Women’s 100 metres event at the Summer Olympic Games.

She won the 100m gold medal in the World University Games in Napoli in 2019, besides silver medals in the women’s 100m and 200m events at the 2018 edition of Asian Games.

The unprecedented success fetched her a Rs three crore cash award from the Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha.

However, her Facebook post a couple of months back detailing her desire to sell a BMW car to fund the cost of her training for the Olympics triggered controversy.

“I deleted that post as it generated lot of negativity, affecting my concentration and training,” revealed a candid Dutee.

Puma, the global sports brand, signed a two-year deal with Dutee last year to promote its range of products.

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