President, PM hail Hima’s unprecedented feat
Hima Das became the first Indian woman to clinch a gold medal at a global event -- the World Under-20 Championships in Finland
PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hailed sprinter Hima Das, who became the first Indian woman to clinch a gold medal at a global event -the World Under-20 Championships in Finland.
“India is delighted and proud of athlete Hima Das, who won a historic Gold in the 400m of World U20 Championships. Congratulations to her! This accomplishment will certainly inspire young athletes in the coming years,” tweeted the Prime Minister.
Das clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland on Thursday. President Kovind too lauded Das’ unprecedented feat.
“Congratulations to our sensational sprint star Hima Das for winning the 400m gold in the World Under-20 Championship. This is India’s first ever track gold in a World Championship. A very proud moment for Assam and India, Hima; now the Olympic podium beckons!” he wrote on ‘Twitter’.
Meanwhile, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Friday issued an apology for allegedly mocking Hima Das’ English skills on their official ‘Twitter’ account. After Hima won her semi-final the AFI
posted a video with a caption which pointed out Hima’s limited English speaking ability. “#HimaDas speaking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah, try ur best in final!” the AFI had posted after the semi-final on Wednesday.
The post caused an uproar which prompted the federation to issue a clarification on Friday, claiming that they did not mean to mock Hima’s English.
“(We ask) Forgiveness from all the Indians, you have been hurt by one of our TWEET! The real purpose was to show that our runner is not afraid of any difficulty, inside or out of the ground! Regardless of the small village coming from, the speaker exclaimed abroad! Once again sorry for those who are angry, Jai Hind,” the AFI wrote on Twitter.
The AFI however, refused to delete the video, asserting that it does not intend to humiliate the star athlete.
“The Video is before final, video is great, so we will not DELETE it! see all! Once again sorry for those who are angry, thank you all for giving good luck to Hima! Jai Hind,” the AFI tweeted.
Hima Das celebrates her victory in women’s 400 metres at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, on Thursday.