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State set for Dutee battle

Bhubaneswar, July 25: The state sports department, Odisha Olympic Association (OOA) and the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) have joined hands to take up ace sprinter Dutee Chand’s case.

Dutee was dropped at the last moment from the Indian squad for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on grounds of high androgen level.

Neither any of the officials in the state sports department nor Dutee herself had any clue of the tests conducted to determine her androgen levels at the Bangalore camp run by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). The sports department officials had sent two female coaches to escort the athlete back to Bhubaneswar.

“On Tuesday, we had a meeting where sports minister Sudam Marandi, sports secretary Saswat Mishra and I decided that we would seek the test reports from SAI on basis of which Dutee was disqualified. We will analyse the medical reports,” said OOA secretary Ashirbad Behera.

According to SAI rules, medical reports are handed over only to the athlete for whom the tests were conducted. Bangalore SAI sent the reports to its Cuttack establishment that later handed over the report to Dutee on Thursday.

“Dutee gave us the reports yesterday and we have sent them for detailed examination to medical experts in sports health and fitness. While one report has been scanned and sent to a prominent sports doctor in London, another has been sent to an expert in Delhi. A third report has been handed over to the superintendent of the SCB hospital by the sports secretary,” said Behera.

SCB hospital authorities, after suggestions from sports officials, have formed a four-member team of doctors to scrutinise the reports.

Behera said that the experts would take less than a week to analyse them. Only after they receive it, appropriate steps will be taken, he said.

“If there is any fault or error in the reports, we will strongly pursue the case on Dutee’s behalf and seek proper explanation about the incident. In case the reports indicate that the androgen levels are indeed high enough for her to be barred from taking part in the women’s category, we will initiate medical treatment for her,” said a senior official of the sports department.

The 18-year-old athlete said she had faith in the state’s sports department and OOA to get her justice.

“I am still confused as to what happened that I’m not at the Commonwealth Games even after giving my best at recent international events. But I’m thankful to the sports department and OOA for having being by my side,” Dutee said.


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