Sports Minister throws weight behind Dutee Chand
Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday threw his weight behind beleaguered athlete Dutee Chand, saying they stand with the sprinter and will strongly pursue her case.
Dutee will return to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne later this month to continue her fight against hyperandrogenism regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Dutee and her lawyers will square up against the IAAF after the world athletics body announced on Tuesday that it would appeal with fresh evidence against CAS' interim decision of 2015 to suspend its regulations. "I have read reports in the papers and as far as the athlete Dutee Chand is concerned, I am very clear that we are standing with our athlete, and will pursue it strongly," Goel told reporters.
The minister was speaking after an inspection of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, one of the venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.