Sprinter Dutee Chand, who bagged two silver medals at the Asian Games in Indonesia, in an interaction with NDTV in the Yuva Conclave talked about his struggles and his journey so far. Dutee said he did not have an easy childhood and had to face many obstacles. "I had a very difficult time to grow up, I used to run barefoot on the road, on the river bank, I could not even buy warm clothes," Dutee said. The current national champion in the women's 100 meters, talking about the most difficult stage of her life when she was forced to leave the Asian Games 2014 followed by her gender, said she was determined to make up for lost time when she finally has her chance in Indonesia . "When I failed the gender test, my world was shattered, I was always raised as a girl, but suddenly, one day, they told me it was not one," Dutee Chand said.
Vinesh Phogat, gold medalist of the Asian Games in 2018, spoke about facing the resistance for being a woman fighter.
"Geeta and Babita could hear all that much more, but my mother used to tell me that my relatives used to comment on what I was wearing, I used to get very angry," Vinesh said.
In the popular Hindi film, Dangal, which is the story of Vinesh's father and his older sisters, Geeta and Babita, it was shown that the Phogat sisters had a very strict childhood.
Vinesh validated the fact that their training used to be very intense and they used to feel that they lived in a prison.
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"When Karnam Malleswari won the Olympic medal and received an award of Rs 1 crore, he inspired a lot of people, which motivated my family to send me too," Vinesh said. .