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

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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.

(AFP)

Hima Das cel­e­brates her vic­tory in women’s 400 me­tres at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Cham­pi­onships in Tampere, Fin­land, on Thurs­day.

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