Bhubaneswar: India’s fastest sprinter Dutee Chand was felicitated by Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on Tuesday.
Felicitating the ace sprinter, KIIT & KISS founder Dr Achyuta Samanta said, “Dutee has become the pride of the nation as she brought laurels to India by winning a gold medal in the 100-meter race at 30th Summer Universiade 2019 in Napoli, Italy.”
She is the first-ever Indian woman to bag a gold medal in the 100-metre race in a World Athletic meet. She clocked 11.32 seconds to achieve this landmark.
During the felicitating ceremony, Samanta announced that an athletic track in KIIT & KISS will be named after her. ‘Dutee Chand Athletic Track’ will be inaugurated soon, he said.
“Dutee will also lead KIIT Athletic Academy, which will be established in future. These will be the best gift from KIIT & KISS to Dutee,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Dutee thanked Samanta and KIIT & KISS and said, “KIIT and Dr Samanta have proved lucky for me. “What I am today, it is only due to the support of KIIT and Dr Samanta. I am confident that I will bring more laurels to the country as well as Odisha, KIIT & KISS in coming days.”
Dr Gaganendu Dash, Director, Sports, KIIT expressed his experience in Napoli. N. Ramesh, Coach of Dutee Chand, Prof. H. K. Mohanty, VC, KIIT and Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar were also present at the occasion to wish and felicitate Dutee.
Earlier, Dutee Chand was given a rousing welcome at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA), Bhubaneswar.