Arjuna award would inspire me to breach Olympic qualification mark: Dutee

New Delhi, August 23

Her private finest is just not but sufficient to make the reduce for the Tokyo Games however India’s prime sprinter Dutee Chand says her choice for the Arjuna award has come on the proper time as it will inspire her to breach the “difficult” Olympic qualification mark.

The 24-year-old Dutee, silver medallist in each 100 m and 200 m within the 2018 Asian Games, was on Friday chosen for the honour together with 26 others.

She has a private better of 11.22 seconds which she recorded final 12 months.

Dutee featured within the Rio Olympics by breaching the qualifying customary of 11.32 seconds however this time the mark is 11.15 seconds.

“The Award has come at the right time. Any recognition by the government for your performance and achievements always boosts the confidence of an athlete,” Dutee informed PTI from Bhubaneswar.

“This should give me more strength and confidence in my efforts to do well in the Olympics. I hope to qualify for my second Olympics in Tokyo next year and do my best there. It will be tough (to breach 11.15 secs) but I am confident to breach it. This award will give me the boost in my efforts,” she added.      

Dutee, additionally the reigning World University Games 100 m champion, stated she didn’t thoughts lacking out on receiving the award from President Ram Nath Kovind because the ceremony could be held on-line on August 29 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“An award or an honour from the government is always welcomed at any time. Of course, it would have been a great occasion to receive the award from the president in a (physical) ceremony. But it is all right, I am happy that I have been chosen for the award. My achievements through hard work have been recognised by the government, that is the more important thing,” she stated.

Dutee is keenly ready to start out the full-intensity coaching which she couldn’t undertake presently as a consequence of coronavirus-forced restrictions.

“I don’t have a physio, no masseur currently, they cannot be here due to pandemic. My coach (N Ramesh) can only tell through WhatsApp video what I have to do. But that is not enough. I don’t think any athlete can do intensive training till the pandemic is there and unless the restrictions are removed. I really want to start full-fledged training. I don’t know when will it happen,” stated Dutee who’s presently coaching on the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology. PTI

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