Hima Das assured of government support till 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Hima Das assured of government support till 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

November 17, 2019 qrcdssnf 0

first_imgThe newest sensation of the Indian sporting scene Hima Das will get “end-to-end” support towards her preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).Das created history on Thursday as she won India’s first ever track gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland.She recorded a time of 51.46 seconds in the 400m race.Post her excellent show in Finland, she was showered with blessings and congratulations from all the eminent personalities of the country and now she will be receiving extra government support for her preparation as well.”Hima, post her excellent performance at CWG 2018, where she ran her then personal best of 51.32, was inducted in ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in May 2018.Also read – Hima Das plays down AFI tweet controversy: My English is not that goodSHE DID IT! SHE HAS WRITTEN HISTORY IN 51.46 SECONDS!! #HimaDas of #India wins FIRST EVER TRACK GOLD MEDAL IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in WOMEN-400m #iaaftampere2018 in #FinlandWell done champion!! #[email protected] @sebcoe @sarbanandsonwal @Adille1 @Naveen_Odisha pic.twitter.com/pmcjSNfT6YAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018″Under the scheme, in addition to the Rs 50,000 per month as Out of Pocket Allowance (OPA), she would be provided end to end support towards her Olympic preparation by the Govt,” said Sports India (erstwhile SAI) DG Neelam Kapur.As per an earlier list, Hima was supposed to be funded by the government only until the upcoming 2018 Asian Games.”Hima and the other 400m runners, post CWG, were sent to Spala Olympic Training Centre in Poland, for a month-long training in mid May, which was funded by the Govt.advertisementAlso read – Cheap spikes did not stop Hima Das from chasing her golden dream”Post that she ran her personal best of 51.13s at the Inter-State Championship in Guwahati in June, 2018. Post the U-20 World Championship, she would be joining the other Indian 400m runners for pre-Asian Games camp, which has been funded by the Govt under Annual Calendar for Training and Competition.”Win her win in Finland, Hima is only second to star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort.What a proud moment for #India at Ratina Stadium in #Finland during #IAAFTampere2018 Olympian, former 100m National Record holder & AFI President @Adille1 presenting #HimaDas her gold medal @PTI_News @TwitterSports @kaypeem @g_rajaraman @iaaforg pic.twitter.com/6WzApI4DgfAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018The beneficiaries under the TOPS will be reviewed after the Asian Games and the administrative mechanism of the programme will be completely overhauled, SAI had said earlier.Also read – How Hima Das compares with PT Usha and India’s other sprint queensAfter winning the Gold, Das on Saturday anchored the Indian women’s 4x400m relay quartet to a junior national record. The Indian quartet, however, failed to qualify for the final round.The Indian women’s 4x400m relay team comprising S Venkatsen, Jisna Mathew, Ritika and Hima clocked 3 minute 39.10 seconds to finish fourth in heat number two, thus failing to qualify for the final round.The first two in each of the three heats and the next two fastest teams qualify for the finals.Also read – Watch Hima Das run for glory and gold at Under-20 World AthleticsDespite failing to qualify for the finals, the Indian quartet bettered the earlier national U-20 record of 3:40.50 set in 2002 in Bangkok.The young athlete has certainly come a long way – starting her journey from a sleepy village in Assam’s Nagaon district to becoming the toast of the nation. In fact, it was only in 2017 that Das started thinking seriously about having a career in athletics.”Wearing an India jersey was always my dream. But participating in the Youth World Championship in Nairobi made my belief even stronger. Before that I had seen such championships only on TV. All credit goes to Shamshul Haq Sir who spotted me first in Navodaya Vidhyalaya in Dhing and then Nipon Das Sir and Nabajit Malakar Sir who trained me in Guwahati. I got out of the village at the right time. I participated in the Open National and was selected for the India camp as my timing was good. I went to Indonesia and did well and even participated in the CWG. The journey hasn’t been long and AFI has helped me and all the other athletes a lot,” Das told India Today.Also read – Hima Das’s parents offer prayers of gratitude as daughter creates historyadvertisementDespite having no formal training and coming from a financially challenged background, in a span of about 18 months, she has broken the record of one of India’s greatest athletes, PT Usha, who had a career best 400-metre timing of 51.61 seconds in Canberra, Australia.On June 27 this year, she clocked a career-best performance of 51.13 seconds in Guwahati, surpassing the record of KM Benamol, who in 2001 had clocked a 400 metre dash at 51.21 seconds in Kiev, Ukraine.Also read – AFI apologises as tweet over Hima Das’s English skills sparks controversyBenamol was the first Indian to break PT Usha’s record. Three years later, Manjeet Kaur bettered it with 51.05 seconds, a national record that hasn’t been broken for 14 years now.(With PTI inputs)last_img

 

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