We Stand With Dutee Chand in Gender Case: Sports Min Vijay Goel

Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that the ministry stands with the sprinter and will strongly pursue her case.

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File photo of Dutee Chand.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday threw his weight behind beleaguered athlete Dutee Chand, saying they stand with the sprinter and will strongly pursue her case.

Dutee will return to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne later this month to continue her fight against hyperandrogenism regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Dutee and her lawyers will square up against the IAAF after the world athletics body announced on Tuesday that it would appeal with fresh evidence against CAS' interim decision of 2015 to suspend its regulations.

I have read reports in the papers today and as far as the athlete Dutee Chand is concerned, I am very clear that we are standing with our athlete, and will pursue it strongly.
Vijay Goel

The minister was speaking after an inspection of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, one of the venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, to be held from October 6 to 28.

After the CAS partially upheld her appeal in an interim order two years back, Dutee Chand was allowed to "continue to compete" till a final decision was given by the CAS on her appeal against IAAF's hyperandrogenism policy.

Goel, meanwhile, said a decision will be taken on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's task force for the Olympic Games in a week's time.

We have received an interim report from the Prime Minister’s task force and the final report will be submitted in one month as we have give them an extension. This interim report is regarding the 2020 Olympics and the ministry is studying it and will take a decision in a week’s time.
Vijay Goel

India's lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra and national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand are part of the eight-member task force of the sports ministry, which was constituted to draw up an action plan for the next three Games.

Meanwhile, the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) president Dahlan Jumaan al-Hamad hoped that the Court of Arbitration for Sports will render a wise decision on Dutee Chand's case.

She (Dutee) is an Indian athlete and we want to support our athletes. But at the same time there are international rules and regulations and we also have to abide by that. I cannot comment on a case which is pending at the CAS. We have to wait for the case to be decided. I can just hope that the CAS will give a wise decision, a right decision.
Dahlan Jumaan al-Hamad

He also informed that 44 countries out of 45 members have confirmed participation in the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships which begins on Thursday at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

Turkmenistan, which is hosting the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September, is the only country which is not taking part in the continent's flagship event.

"We have 45 member countries and out of these 44 have confirmed participation in this Asian Championships in India.

It shows that all the countries of Asia want to come and compete in India. It is safe to say that sport is growing in Asia," he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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