Arjuna award would inspire me to breach Olympic qualification mark: Dutee Chand | Extra sports activities Information

NEW DELHI: Her private greatest just isn’t but sufficient to make the lower for the Tokyo Video games however India’s high sprinter Dutee Chand says her choice for the Arjuna award has come on the proper time as it could inspire her to breach the “troublesome” Olympic qualification mark.
The 24-year-old Dutee, silver medallist in each 100m and 200m within the 2018 Asian Video 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 yr.
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 on the proper time. Any recognition by the federal government on your efficiency and achievements at all times boosts the boldness of an athlete,” Dutee informed PTI from Bhubaneswar.
“This could give me extra energy and confidence in my efforts to do properly within the Olympics. I hope to qualify for my second Olympics in Tokyo subsequent yr and do my greatest there,” she added.
“It will likely be robust (to breach 11.15 secs) however I’m assured to breach it. This award will give me the increase in my efforts.”
Dutee, additionally the reigning World College Video games 100m champion, mentioned she doesn’t thoughts lacking out on receiving the award from President Ram Nath Kovind because the ceremony will probably be held on-line on August 29 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“An award or an honour from the federal government is at all times welcomed any time. After all, it could be have been a terrific event to obtain the award from the president in a (bodily) ceremony. However it’s all proper, I’m completely satisfied that I’ve been chosen for the award,” she mentioned.
“My achievements by laborious work have been recognised by the federal government, that’s the extra vital factor.”
Dutee is keenly ready to begin the full-intensity coaching which she couldn’t undertake at present as a result of coronavirus-forced restrictions.
“I haven’t got a physio, no masseur at present, they can’t be right here as a result of pandemic. My coach (N Ramesh) can solely inform by whatsapp video what I’ve to do. However that isn’t sufficient,” mentioned Dutee who’s at present coaching on the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Expertise.
“I do not suppose any athlete can do intensive coaching until the pandemic is there and until the restrictions are eliminated. I actually wish to begin the full-fledged coaching. I do not know when will it occur.”

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