In a sad turn of events, Athlete Federation of India (AFI) announced the withdrawal of Hima Das’ name from 400m event of the World Championship 2019 due to a back injury.
The 19-year-old Assamese athlete had shown some record-breaking performances over the past few months, clinching five golds within a month’s span. Usually referred as Dhing Express, Hima clinched her first gold of this year earlier in July at Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland and did not stop since then.
As per earlier reports, Hima was just preparing herself for the World Championships by participating in previous competitions.
Unfortunately 400m athlete #HimaDas will not compete at the @iaaforg World Championships 2019 #Doha2019 due to back injury.@g_rajaraman @Padmadeo @pragges @Vimalsports @kannandelhi @DiggySinghDeo @AndrewAmsan @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @imrahultrehan pic.twitter.com/RZ6CnGvTZo
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) September 18, 2019
Apart from Hima Das dropping out of the Championship, Dutee Chand’s name is confirmed in 100m event for World Championship that is to be held in Doha from 27 September to 6 October.
Participation of @DuteeChand is confirmed yesterday late evening by AFI to IAAF in Women's 100m #DohaWorldChampionships #doha2019 @g_rajaraman @sportsmurali @nitinarya99 @Media_SAI @uthraGC @Padmadeo @siwachvinay @AkashvaniAIR @BhutaniRahul @timesofindia @TimesNow @Vimalsports pic.twitter.com/sN47uPP7zp
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) September 12, 2019
We wish Dutee all the very best and fast recovery to Hima!