“This year, I will celebrate Deepavali in a grand way. Last year, I was busy with athletics events and was away from home. This time, all the events for the year are over and whatever is there will start from next year. More importantly, my preparations for the upcoming events will start from November 1 and luckily, Diwali is in October. So, I am all set to celebrate it with friends,” Dutee said.
She told us that she will celebrate the festival in her village with friends and family and then, will come back to Bhubaneswar to celebrate in the city. She added that since she had not celebrated the festival in the past several years, she hasn’t been able to plan how she will celebrate it. “I’ll see how it can be celebrated with friends. I normally avoid crackers. But I’ll definitely decorate my house with lights and diyas. Besides, I will spend some time with the poor and downtrodden and help them on this occasion. As it’s a festival to spread happiness, I’ll try to ensure that these underprivileged people smile on that auspicious day,” said the athlete who created a national record in 100 metres race by clocking it in 11.22s and broke her own record of 11.26s in the recently concluded 59th National Open Athletics Championship 2019 held at the Birsa Munda Stadium in Ranchi. She also won two gold medals in the 100 and 200-metre races.
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