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Hima Das appointed Police Officer: How did the barefoot runner become a DSP?

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Hima Das, a 21 year old girl from Assam is an example hard-work and dedication. Her journey from running barefoot in the rice fields to name on Adidas shoes deserves a million bows. Her life continues to be a source of inspiration for many.

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Adding feathers to her cap, recently she has been appointed as a D.S.P in Assam police. This honor was followed by a gold medal in Indian Grand Prix 2 Tournament. It was organized at Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports. Also, she is the 1st ever Indian women and the 1st ever Indian athlete to win a Gold in any world track event. 

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Getting Faster with Every Race.

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Hima seems to be one of the favorites of the media. She is in headlines with every race. And why not, the girl is getting faster and stronger with every race she participates. She has now made our country proud in a whole new way. It’s exciting to see how promising is the future of this young champion.

In the recent Indian Grand Prix II, Hima clocked 23.31 in 200 m. Previously in 2018 she became the world junior 400 m champion. She ran faster only 3 times earlier in this distance — twice in 2018 when she clocked 23.10 seconds in the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Guwahati & 23.22 seconds in a Grand Prix meet in Poland. And once in 2019 when she clocked 23.25 seconds in Czech Republic.

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Champions never back down

Hima, is yet to qualify for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. She ran her last competitive race in August 2019. Last year she suffered a lower back injury at the 2018 Asian Games. It forced Hima to miss the World Championships in Doha, after that COVID-19 pandemic struck and the entire sporting calendar was wiped out. As a result no Indian athlete could take part in any event abroad. But as said, champions shine in agony. Hima never stopped working for her goals. And now she is back on track with a bang.

“It was a childhood dream to become a police officer” says the champion

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal handed the appointment letter to Hima Das. Many top functionaries of the state government as well as from the police department, attended the ceremony.

“People here know and I am not going to say anything different. Since my early school days, I wanted to become a police officer one day. My mother also wished the same. She used to buy a (toy) gun during Durga Puja. My mother always tells me to work in Assam police. She says, serve the people and become a good person,” Das said.

“I got everything due to sports, I will try to work for betterment of sports in the state and try to make Assam one of the best performing states in the country, like Haryana”. “I will diligently work for Assam police but I must say sport will never take a back seat,” she added.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, also a former Union Sports Minister, said that Hima’s appointment as DSP will motivate the youth to pursue excellence in sports.

“A proud day for Assam. Glad to ceremonially appoint an ace athlete as DSP in Assam police. This is an honor for her achievements under the Sports Policy, the appointment will further motivate youths to pursue excellence in sports,” he tweeted.

India’s bright future in Track and Field

  • Dutee Chand: she won the women’s 100m in 11.44 seconds. Now she is hoping to qualify for the Olympic Games by meeting the 11.15 seconds standard. She can also qualify as one of the 56 starters in the Tokyo Games on the basis of her rankings. She is world no. 33 at the moment.
  • Amoj Jacob: 400 m runner of Delhi came up with a personal best time of 46.00 seconds to win the race.
  • M Sreeshankar: Long jumper from Kerala competing in his 1st national-level long lump competition since October 2019. He produced a best leap of 8.05m on his 6th try to win the gold.
  • Tajinderpal Singh: Gold in the shot with an effort of 19.49 m.
  • Annu Rani: Javelin thrower from Uttar Pradesh, won gold with a throw of 61.22.

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Hima and other athletes like Dutee and Annu have brought a huge shift in Indian sports. Especially for women. Specifically for Track and Field. Now, people know Athletics as well. The age old concept of sports means cricket in India is challenged by these young stars. The future of Indian sports belongs to these young guns.

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Aditya Mishra
IIMC'n. National Level Athlete (400m- 50.23). Sports and Defence enthusiast. Busy decoding: "MANSHA-VACHA-KARMA"

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