New Delhi: Sprinter Dutee Chand has got the confirmation to take part in the World Championships after the top tribunal of international sports suspended the policy of the international athletics federation, which had barred her from competition, by another two months.
The 21-year-old Dutee, who missed the original entry standard of 11.26 seconds, got an invite from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as the target number of 56 athletes for the women's 100m event was yet to be reached for the August 4-13 World Championships in London.
Dutee's best of 11.30 seconds, which she clocked during the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on May 15, has now earned her a 'quota entry' for the World Championships. Her 11.30secs timing gives her a current global ranking of 103.
The IAAF sent an invite to the Athletics Federation of India, asking to reply in 'yes or no' about accepting the offer and the AFI, after taking consent from Dutee, had responded within the stipulated time that she was ready for the global flagship event.
It has come as an advantage that Dutee is already having United Kingdom visa.
"Yes, Dutee is taking part in the World Championships. The AFI has said yes to the IAAF invite. Why would she not accept the offer? She is ready and she is also happy to be able to take part in such a big event," Dutee's coach Nagpuri Ramesh told PTI.
AFI Secretary C K Valson added: "Dutee has been cleared to take part in the World Championships. She currently has a UK visa, as we had told all those in borderline timings (of qualifying standards) to apply for visa. The 24-member team has already left the country and Dutee will most likely leave alone for London in a direct flight."
Meanwhile, in her 'gender case' before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, the world's top sports tribunal has suspended IAAF's Hyperandrogenism Policy, under which the AFI suspended Dutee from competitions in 2014.
The top tribunal said today that Dutee remains eligible to compete in national and international events.
Dutee's future was under a cloud after the IAAF recently decided to submit fresh evidence at the CAS in support of its policy of barring female athletes who produced natural testosterone (male hormones) above permissible range from taking part in competitions.