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New Delhi2 minutes agoAuthor: Rajkishore
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In Grand Pri-2 on Thursday, India’s two champion racers Duti Chand and Hima Das will face each other in the 100m and 200m events for the first time. The event will be held at the Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) in Patiala, Punjab. Duti Chand won the silver medal in the Asian Games of 2018, while Hima won the gold medal in the 400 meters at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in 2018. She is taking part in 100-200 meters for the first time.
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) is doing a comparison between the two on social media for its promotion. Duti Chand is angry with this. He accused the Federation of increasing tension between the two. Also, Hima has also questioned the event change. He told Bhaskar that Hima is not an Olympic or Asian gold medalist with whom he is being compared.
Duti Chand questioned Hima’s event change
Duti said, ‘Hima never participated in 100, 200 meters. Why is the federation comparing me with him. Are there any other athletes besides Hima and me? Why is the tension between us increasing? If the Federation were to publicize the event, they would have included the names of other athletes including Dhaneshwari and Archana. Hima has previously participated in just 400 meters and 800 meters. He has set a national record in the 400 meters. So why is she participating in 100 meters. Something is definitely wrong. ‘
The back problem can run 100 meters, so why not 400 meters?
Duti said, ‘I am hearing that Hima has a back problem. In such a situation, even 50 meters is difficult to run. She can run in 100 meters and 200 meters, so what is the problem in running 400 meters? Also tell me which is the doctor, who can advise 100 and 200 meters in the back problem and refuses to run 400 meters. I have been running for 15 years. If the Federation considers Hima Das as such a fighter, then why not send it to the Asian Games.
‘I am preparing for Olympics Competition is not from anyone ‘
Duti said, ‘I am not ready to compete with anyone. I am coming down to the event to break my own best timing. The best timing in my 100 meters is 11.22 seconds. I want to improve myself and qualify for the Olympics. Olympic qualifying time is 11.15 seconds. I am preparing to overcome it. In Grand Prix-1, I took 11.51 seconds for 100 meters. However, this is the first event after Corona. In such a situation, I will be able to return to the form only after 2-3 competition. Who doesn’t run away with me, I don’t mean more than that. ‘
Duti also questioned the arrangements made in Patiala
Duti said – I will not participate in the Grand Pre-3 event to be held on March 3. This is because there are no better arrangements in Patiala. The Corona Negative Certificate was sought to participate in the competition. I gave it away, but was not allowed to practice on the track. My name is also in National Camp. At the same time, stay in Patiala hostel will have to remain quarantine for 7 days and cannot even train. So I stayed outside the hotel. I am training on the track of Punjab University. After the Grand Prix event on February 25, I will return to Odisha and stay there and prepare for the Federation Cup. The Federation Cup will be held in May.