HYDERABAD, India - Four years after she was forced out of the Asian Games in a row over her gender, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand said she was determined to make up for lost time as she finally gets her chance in Indonesia.
Chand, affected by the same condition, hyperandrogenism, which has dogged the career of double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, fought and won a lengthy court battle to remain in the sport she loves.
Now the 22-year-old is hoping for a redemptive medal at her long-delayed Asian Games debut in Jakarta, where she also has her eye on lowering India's 100m record for the second time in two months.
"I am just so happy. I missed the 2014 Asian Games due to the hyperandrogenism row, so it's my chance to prove my worth," Chand, whose hero is Usain Bolt, told AFP after a training session in Hyderabad. "I hope my hard work pays off," she said. "I never thought of quitting. It's always a dream for an athlete to represent their country and what happened was not my fault."
It has been a difficult road for Chand, who was born in rural poverty and suffered the psychological trauma of gender testing when she was just a teenager after showing elevated levels of testosterone in 2014.