The Hush Post| 01:55pm| 1-min-read
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her hometown of Chaka Gopalpur in Odisha.
Dutee Chand, however, did not reveal the identity of her partner as she did not want make her “the centre of undue attention”.
“I have found someone who is my soulmate. Everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with,” Dutee told The Indian Express.
“I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice,” she said.
Dutee Chand is the first Indian sports star who has publicly admitted to being in a same-sex relationship.
“The Supreme Court of India has also struck down the old law. I believe nobody has the right to judge me as an athlete because of my decision to be with who I want. It is a personal decision, which should be respected. I will continue to strive to win medals for India at international meets,” she said.
Dutee Chand is training for the world championships. She is focusing on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.