Dutee Chand becomes first Indian athlete to admit she is gay

Last Updated: May 20 2019 12:34
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ATHLETICS- Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has become the first Indian athlete to openly admit that she is gay. She is in a relationship with a 19-year-old woman from her village for four years.

“I am in a same-sex relationship and I don’t think there is anything wrong in it,” the 23-year-old said on Sunday.

“For the moment, my focus will be on my career with the world championships and Olympics coming up. In future after the end of my sporting career, if my heart says that I should stay with her then I will,” Chand added.

Dutee for years was at the center of an international gender row. She said she feared social ostracism at the hands of her family if she revealed she is gay.

The national 100m record holder also revealed that her elder sister has threatened to throw her out of the house if she makes the relationship public.

Social media has praised Dutee for her bravery and hailed her for coming out in a socially conservative country.

The Supreme Court of India last year decriminalised gay sex between consenting adults.