New Delhi, May 21: In a turn of events, Dutee Chand, the Indian sprinter said that her sister is black mailing her for Rs 25 lakh, the reason for which she revealed about her relationship.
The star athlete from Odisha has become the first Indian sportsperson to declare that she is in a same sex relationship.
The Asian Games silver medallist has created a splash by declaring that she is in a relationship with a girl from her hometown Chaka Gopalpur in Odisha. But she refused to disclose the identity of her alleged soulmate as she did not want to make her "the centre of undue attention".
"I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person's choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her," Dutee was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
Earlier, Dutee's family members said that they are not happy with the development and alleged that the star sprinter is being misguided by her partner.
Dutee's mother Akhuji Chand accused her daughter of neglecting the family and not sharing the prize money earned at various meets.
"We are shocked to know that Dutee is going to marry a girl. We are totally against this lesbian relationship," Akhuji was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
"She got Rs 3 crore as reward after her Asian Games feat. We told her many times to give some of it to us as we have six daughters, but she did not. We weave to earn a living," she added.
A former junior Asian champion in the women's 200 metre, Dutee had claimed two silver medals at the Asian Games last year with second place finishes in the women's 100m and 200m.
The 100m medal was India's first in the event after a gap of 20 years while the 200m silver was the first in 16 years.
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