Guwahati (Assam) , Oct 19 : The Country’s pride from Assam , Track queen , Hima Das nicknamed as ‘Dhing Express’, who is one of the best prospects for the country in the upcoming 2020 Olympics, had to be literally summoned by the Athletic Federation of India (AFI) to participate in the coaching camp immediately and start her preparation for the Mega event .
Is it too much of ‘goodies’ and exposure which has distracted her mind ?
After the Asian Games, all the athletes from the country were allowed to take a break from the game and were told to join the National camp in the second week of October.
The Federation issued a notice in this regard on October 1 in their website along with the list of athletes and their venues of the camp.
The parent body also asked the athletes to report their respective venues by October 10. Hima was supposed to report Patiala for her camp but didn’t turn out as per the schedule.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had rewarded her wth Rs 50 lakhs , after she won a gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland. This was followed by Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Dr G Parameshwara announcing a cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs.
After bringing glory to the state and the country various social organisations felicitated her and gave her handsome cash rewards.
This was followed by Star sprinter Hima Das joining Indian Oil Corp as an officer Indian Oil was also promised that all the associated costs of travelling to various locations for attending national and international track and field competitions would be provided for by them .
Have all these distracted the mind of our young Hima Das , daughter of a poor farmer from Assam ?
Hima is a raw talent who had won three medals, including gold in 4x400m women’s relay at the last Asian Games and a historic gold medal at the U-20 World Championship in Finland and was also among the 20 recipients of the prestigious Arjuna award this year.
We hope better sense would prevail upon her and she would be back with the same vigour . After all you cannot blame her totally . She is a simple village girl who never experienced such exposure and perhaps that diverted her mind . We are sure she will overcome this phase and do much better.
Meanwhile ,AFI has already chalked out details future plans not only for the athletes but also for the coaches for the forthcoming season and they don’t want to waste a single day. It is because of that Federation wants Hima to join the camp as early as possible.