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Landmark Event: Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand becomes the First Indian Woman to qualify in 100m race for 2016 Rio Olympics

Dutee Chand becomes the first Indian woman to qualify for women's 100m race in Olympics.

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Dutee Chand. Image Source : www.mid-day.com
  • Dutee ran 11:30 seconds in the women’s heats and ran 11:24 seconds in the Kazaksthan Meet
  • Resident of a small village in Odisha, Dutee had to face a lot of shortcomings on her way to success
  •  In 2014, she had been dropped and banned from the Commonwealth Games because her testosterone levels were higher than the permissible level in women athletes

Dutee Chand created history on the women’s 100m racing track, when she qualified for the Rio Olympics, in Almaty. She became the first woman athlete of India to qualify for this event of the Olympics.  The 20 year old athlete ran 11:30 seconds in the women’s heats and further bettered it when she ran 11:24 seconds in the Kazaksthan Meet. Last April, she had missed the Federation Cup in New Delhi, by one-hundredth of a second. Since then she has toiled day and night to reach where she is today.

Resident of a small village in Odisha, Dutee had to face a lot of shortcomings on her way to success. She not only overcame financial problems but she shattered the social construct that dares to ignore the women that want to pursue sports. She is an inspiration for all young athletes and women, all over India.  In 2014, she had been dropped and banned from the Commonwealth Games because her testosterone levels were higher than the permissible level in women athletes. Last year, in 2015, she fought and won this case which served as her return ticket to her international career.

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P.T. Ush.ina. Image Source : www.speedstar
P.T. Ush.ina. Image Source : www.speedstar

After qualifying for the Olympics, her elder sister was the first one to get a text message from her. She was so surprised that she could not believe it for a good few minutes. Finally, when she did, she was overjoyed and immediately informed her relatives, who in turn, would inform their parents. Her entire family celebrated her achievement.

Dutee had told DNA, she was glad that she had been able to live up to the expectations of her folks. They had prayed and prayed for her to qualify. She was grateful of her coach, N. Ramesh, who had spent tireless hours trying to improve her skills.

“I could qualify for the Olympics due to blessings of a lot of people. I want to thank Sports Authority of India, Sports Ministry, and Athletics Federation of India for their support. I will continue to work hard and hope to bring a medal for the country,” she had said to the dnaindia.com.

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An image of 2012 Olympic Games. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons.
An image of 2012 Olympic Games. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons.

After P.T. Usha, Dutee Chand is the second woman of Indian origin to take part in the women’s 100m race in Olympics. First woman to qualify in doing so because during Usha’s time there were no qualifying rounds held for the Olympic Games. Over all, till this day, 4 women athletes have taken part in the 100 m race of the Olympic sport, namely Nilima Ghosh, Mary D’Souza , P.T. Usha and Mary Leela Rao. Now, Dutee Chand will follow in their footsteps.

We are extremely proud of her efforts and her achievement and hope that she is successful in attaining her dream and bringing back an Olympic medal.

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  • AJ Krish

    Its good to see that despite all the obstacles in her path, she moved forward to where she is today. There are more challenges ahead, and hope she overcomes them with ease and rises to the top.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Dutee Chand would make us proud! Good that women from small villages have reached at such heights

  • AJ Krish

    Its good to see that despite all the obstacles in her path, she moved forward to where she is today. There are more challenges ahead, and hope she overcomes them with ease and rises to the top.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Dutee Chand would make us proud! Good that women from small villages have reached at such heights

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Gymnast Dipa Karmakar aims to knock off World Champion Simone Biles off her pedestal in Vault

Dipa's coach Nandi is plotting a half-turn vault with an eye on Tokyo 2020

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Dipa Karmakar. Image source: Wikimedia
  • Gymnast Dipa Karmakar who finished fourth aims to beat US sensation Biles next time
  • Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee gave Dipa a gold crown as promised by the organisers earlier this week
  • Dipa said Indian coaches are better than foreign counterparts citing the example of Pullela Gopichand who coached P.V. Sindhu

Sept 18, 2016: Gymnast Dipa Karmakar who has been the talk of the nation since she finished fourth in the Rio Olympics this year has now announced that her next aim is to knock off world champion Simone Biles off her pedestal.

“Simone Biles is the best. My aim is to beat her. I am preparing in such a way that even if I cannot get the better of her, I end up with a silver,” said Dipa. Biles claimed the gold medal in the women’s vault — the event which saw Dipa miss out on the bronze medal at Rio.

“The response she has been getting from across the country has floored us. I have vowed to myself that I won’t rest until she wins a medal in Tokyo (Olympics in 2020),” coach Bishweshwar Nandi said in his speech.

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Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee gave Dipa a gold crown as promised by the organisers earlier this week. Among others present were former East Bengal coach Biswajit Bhattacharya and Bengal’s Ranji Trophy winning captain Sambaran Banerjee.

“I was happy with my finish until I came to my room. When I got to know the reaction of the entire country, the feeling of disappointment set in. If only I could win a medal, I could have gifted the country and all my fellow Bengalis something,” added the 23-year old Tripura girl.

At a press gathering later, Dipa said Indian coaches are better than foreign counterparts citing the example of Pullela Gopichand who coached P.V. Sindhu to a silver medal in badminton at Rio.”I have an Indian coach who I owe everything whatever I am today. Sindhu was also under an Indian coach and so was Sakshi. Both have won medals for the country. I think an Indian coach is always better,” she reckoned.

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According to reports, coach Nandi is plotting a half-turn vault with an eye on Tokyo 2020. Quizzed about that, he preferred to beat around the bush: “Everyone wants a vault that he or she can master and is his or her identity. I have been working on something similar. Let’s see what happens.”

Dipa will be in the city on Monday as well where she will first visit Bhowanipore Football Club followed by a programme at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce. (IANS)

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Sexist, Bigotry tweets by Celebrities garner media attention during Rio Olympics 2016

Compilation of Indian celebs who got trolled hard on twitter for their nightmarish tweets on female Olympians and remained the click bait’s favorite for the longest time

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Rio 2016 Olympics
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  • Compilation of sexist, bigotry tweets by people of significance garners media attention during the summer Olympics 
  • Shobhaa De remarks on athletes taking selfies while Sanal, while an independent director eats his own words on PV Sindhu’s celebration back home
  • Many awkward comments were made by announcers during the game which shows feminism has a long way to go

August 25, 2016: If sexism thrown in subtly by the NBC broadcaster’s on the U S women’s gymnastics team didn’t do the trick for your scandalmonger mind or if the Chicago Tribune’s headline “Wife of a Bears lineman wins Bronze” didn’t add the ‘desi’ (Indian) male chauvinism tadka then fret not, we have a compilation of all Indian celebs who got trolled hard on twitter for their nightmarish tweets on female Olympians and remained the click bait’s favorite for the longest time!

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  • Shobhaa De

When a well-known columnist for Mumbai Mirror, veteran novelist and philanthropist, types in words like “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity,” expect all hell to break loose. Many people were lashing out at her with nothing but blood on their mind. After all, no bad deed goes unpunished in the world of netizens.

After a series of beautifully worded quips thrown at her, she finally broke her silence and during a discussion with a leading news portal said, “There was absolutely no malice intended. It was said out of a sense of panic. At that point it really did look like we were going to come back khaali haath… When I tweet, I don’t calculate…Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don’t. This time obviously it backfired.” De certainly doesn’t believe in an unadulterated wholesome public apology to the well-deserved Olympians.

  • Omar R. Quarashi

If there was anyone who could beat the infamous Shobhaa De tweet, it had to be a Pakistani Journalist. Unlike the above socialite, he didn’t stop at one tweet but went with the number 4 when it came to spitting venom about Rio Olympians. The notorious tweets came in when India was celebrating Dipa Karmakar’s excellent performance and Sakshi Malik’s bronze.

Omar R Quraishi tweets
Omar R Quraishi tweets

Needless to say, shots were fired. Not only by the regular twitterati’s but also by the Big B himself

Mr. Bacchan replied to Omar's tweets.
Mr. Bacchan replied to Omar’s tweets.
  • Sanal Kumar Sasisharan

Why should Dipa and Sakshi have all the fun? Sadly, PV Sindhu, first Indian women to win a silver at Olympics wasn’t left alone. An independent filmmaker from the south who was awarded the Best Director trophy by the Kerala State Film Awards recently mocked Sindhu by posting this comment on Facebook “Everybody is celebrating Sindhu. Makes me want to spit(throw up). What is there to celebrate so much?”

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Sanal Kumar's FB Post
Sanal Kumar’s FB Post

However, there was damage control, the director immediately clarified that he didn’t intend to defame her and he’s a women supporter

  • Ram Gopal Verma

These tweets by RGV make us wonder if twitter should start suspending celeb accounts while they clean up terrorist profiles from their networking site.

https://twitter.com/RGVzoomin/status/767567153931354113

https://twitter.com/RGVzoomin/status/767565018502164480

Looks like RGV stands unimpressed with the nation’s victory.

  • Piers Morgan

Last but definitely not the least, Mr. Piers Morgan everyone.

If you assumed that only Pakistan or Indian nationals could belittle Indian Olympians, you stand corrected my friend. Here we have, Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan, a British journalist and television personality, who as I type this is being mercilessly trolled by everyone, literally.

– by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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PV Sindhu arrives in Hyderabad to hero’s welcome

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) had erected welcome arches and installed hoardings to welcome Sindhu and Gopi

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Hyderabad, August 22, 2016: Olympic silver medal winner P.V. Sindhu arrived in Hyderabad on Monday to a hero’s welcome. The star shuttler was received at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport by her parents, relatives, ministers and officials from both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand were accorded a grand welcome as they came out of the airport.

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Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mehmood Ali and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N. Chinnarajappa and ministers from the two states presented bouquets.

Sporting an infectious smile and proudly displaying her medal, Sindhu came out to loud cheers by a large number of badminton players, her friends, and school students.

Sindhu and Gopichand then boarded an open top bus for the ride to the Gachibowli Stadium.

Fans lined the 20 km route from the airport to the stadium to catch a glimpse of the star, who made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics.

Politicians and officials welcomed Sindhu at special tents put up along the route. The tents were decked up with huge pictures of the star shuttler.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) had erected welcome arches and installed hoardings to welcome Sindhu and Gopi.

Acharya Jai Shankar University of Agricultural Sciences at Aramgarh had installed a huge hoarding of Sindhu at its main gate.

At Gachibowli Stadium, Sindhu will take a victory lap amid the rendering of patriotic songs by a police band.

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The atmosphere at the stadium was electrifying with thousands of students from various schools gathering here to welcome “silvern” Sindhu.

Carrying the national flag, students filled the stadium and kept cheering at regular intervals. Artists were presenting a cultural show on a special dais.

The GHMC, Sports Authority of Telangana, and Telangana State Olympic Association have made elaborate arrangements for a grand state reception and felicitation for Sindhu.

Huge screens were installed in the stadium to enable people to closely watch the proceedings.

After the felicitation, Sindhu will meet, at his camp office, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who has announced a reward of Rs 5 crore, a 1,000-yard plot, and a government job for her.

Andhra Pradesh has also announced Rs 3 crore cash, land and a job for Sindhu. The state government also decided to separately felicitate her. (IANS)

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