BBC Indian Sportswoman award: Dutee Chand among 5 in fray; Odisha CM extends congratulations

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s ace sprinter Dutee Chand has been nominated for the prestigious BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year award.

Dutee Chand is currently India’s premier women’s sprinter. The double Asian Games silver medallist holds the national record in women’s 100m and was the first Indian woman in history to qualify for the event at Rio 2016.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Dutee for the nomination.

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Besides, shooter Manu Bhaker, hockey player Rani Rampal, wrestler Vinesh Phogat and chess player Koneru Humpy were named as nominees for the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2021 award.

Started by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) last year, the award celebrates female athletes from across the country and recognises their successes.

Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu won the inaugural award in 2020 while the legendary PT Usha was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award.

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