Bhubaneswar, Feb 9 (Agency) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today congratulated ace sprinter Dutee Chand from the state for being nominated as the BBC Indian sportswoman of the year. Taking to his official twitter, Mr.Patnaik said, “Congratulations #Odisha’s ace sprinter @DuteeChand on being nominated for BBC Indian Sportswomen of the year. “Wish her the very best and wish her to keep inspiring.”
Ace sprinter Dutee Chand is one of the five contenders for BBC Indian Sportswoman of Year award along with shooter Manu Bhaker chess player Koneru Humpy, wrestler Vinesh Phogat and hockey captain Rani. Dutee Chand is the national champion in the women’s 100 metres event. She is the third Indian woman to ever qualify for the Women’s 100 metre event at the Summer Olympic Games. Twenty-five-year-old Dutee Chand is also one of South Asia’s fastest sprinters.