"I am not supporting any candidate or political party. I also do not appeal to any one to vote for Achyut Samanta. However, on a personal level I wish him success in the election as he is God-like for me and helped me a lot to carry forward my sporting career," she said in her Facebook post.
She also requested that the matter should not be politicised.
Chand was among the six persons recognised by the EC as its icon in Odisha to create awareness and encourage young and new voters to exercise their franchise in the ongoing simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls in the state.
Apart from Chand, the ECI has also recognised para athlete Jayanti Behera, para shuttler Pramod Bhagat, singer Rituraj Mohanty and cine artistes Sivani Sangita and Swaraj as the state icons for the 2019 elections.
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