Will Hima Das ever run for India again at international sprinting events? Will she even represent Assam at national events? Is her sporting career over?
These have been some of the many questions the people have been asking after Hima Das was appointed as the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Assam Police by Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal on February 10.
Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju, meanwhile, made it clear on February 11 that Hima Das will continue playing for India and she would participate at both national and international events.
"Many people are asking, what about Hima's sports career? She is training for Olympic qualification at NIS Patiala & will keep running for India. Our elite Athletes are employed in various jobs yet continue to play. Even after retirement, they'll continue to promote sports," Rijiju said in a tweet.
It may be mentioned here that the Assam government on February 10 decided to appoint Hima Das as the DSP.
The sports minister further hailed the Assam government's decision to appoint Hima Das as the DSP.
"Well done! Assam Cabinet, headed by CM Sarbananda Sonowal Ji has decided to offer the post of DSP in Assam Police to sprinter queen Hima Das!" Rijiju said in a tweet.
Thanking the Assam government, Hima tweeted, "I thank our Hon'ble Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma Sir for my appointment as Deputy SP with Assam Police. The decision is a huge motivation for me. I look forward to be of service to my state and my nation. Jai Hind!"
I thank our Hon’ble Chief Minister @sarbanandsonwal sir @himantabiswa sir for my appointment as Deputy SP with @assampolice The decision is a huge motivation for me. I look forward to be of service to my state and my nation. Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/hRPwnB3dwk
— Hima (mon jai) (@HimaDas8) February 11, 2021
It may be mentioned here that the 20-year-old became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in any format of a global track event at IAAF World U20 Championships.
She clocked a speed of 51.46 seconds in the event, which was held in July 2018.
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