“We don’t want to put pressure. Hima has already done enough for us. We will continue to support her regardless,” says Assam finance minister Hemant Biswa Sharma. Actually Hima has withdrew her name from Continental Cup. This tournament will be held in Ostrava. Athletics Federation of India nominated seven athletes from country. And Hima Das was first in row. But after winning gold at Asian Games, fedeation wants to give rest this athlete. That’s why Hima is not participating in this tournament.
At the Kalakshetra felicitation, Das was given a cash award of Rs 1.60 crore by the State government. She was also officially declared as the state’s brand ambassador for sports.
But it is also said that, Hima has injury in her legs. But her coach denies that. He says, “We want to give Hima rest. That’s why she is not participating in the Continental Cup. Otherwise there is no issue.”
Yesterday it was around 1 PM. Hima Das arrived at Guahati in Assam. She was felicitated at Bordoloi airport. Then she met with her family. Her smile says everything.
Hima has won triple medal at Asian Games. She recently clinched two silvers and one gold at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta. A month ago, she had created history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete to clinch a gold medal in the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championships in Finland.