Dutee Chand on TIME 100 Next list; Naveen Patnaik says Odisha is proud

Lilly Singh, Varun Sivaram, Coco Gauf, Ben Stokes, and Henry Golding also feature on the list.

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Chand said she was honoured to be on the list, and would continue to sprint and also 'fight for inclusion, equality, rights and dignity of people'.
Sprinter Dutee Chand has been named in the TIME 100 Next, an expansion of the TIME 100 list of the most influential persons in the world.

The list, an initiative of TIME magazine, highlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science, activism etc.

"I am delighted to receive this recognition from the TIME magazine. I believe in gender equality. I will continue to fight for the rights of young girls and women in sports as well as in the larger society," Dutee said in a statement.


The 23-year-old also took to Twitter to express joy at making it to the list.

"Ecstatic and Humbled! Honoured to be in Time 100 Next 2019. On the track, I'll sprint. Off the track, I'll fight. Fight for Inclusion, Equality, Rights and dignity of People. #LoveIsLove," she tweeted.


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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too took to the micro-blogging platform to congratulate Chand.

"Congratulations ace sprinter from #Odisha @DuteeChand for making it to @TIME magazines #Time100Next list of influencers who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science and activism. #Odisha is proud of your achievements. Best wishes," Patnaik said in a twitter post.


Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also congratulated her for the achievement.

"Congratulations to @DuteeChand, the fastest woman of India, on being shortlisted in the esteemed Time 100 Next 2019 list. May she always sprint her way to glory on and off the track," Pradhan tweeted.
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Chand has been named on the TIME 100 Next, an expansion of the TIME 100 list of the most influential persons in the world, alongside TV host and comedian Lilly Singh, ReNew Power CTO Varun Sivaram, tennis ace Coco Gauf, cricketer Ben Stokes, and actor Henry Golding among others.

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The list, an initiative of TIME magazine, highlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science, activism etc.

​Ben Stokes, Coco Gauf​, and actor Henry Golding also feature on the list.​
From left: Ben Stokes, Coco Gauf, and actor Henry Golding also feature on the list.

Dutee had won two silver medals - 100m, 200m - at Jakarta Asian Games and had become the first Indian woman sprinter to win gold at the Universiade in Napoli, where she competed in 100m,

She was invited by the IAAF to compete at the women's 100m event at the Doha World Championships in September but could qualify for the semifinals, fading in the heats after clocking 11.48s.

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