Star sprinter and Jakarta Asian Games fame Hima Das will withdraw from the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China due to a hamstring injury. The Indian athletics chief coach, Radhakrishnan Nair, confirmed the news, expressing disappointment over Hima’s absence from the prestigious event.
“It is unfortunate she (Hima) was injured a day before the Indian Grand Prix IV in Bengaluru (on April 15). She pulled a hamstring and also had back problem. Now, medical investigation is going on and planning for treatment. I believe that she will not be able to participate in the Asian Games as per the policy of the AFI.”
Hima, 23, had clinched an individual silver medal in the 400m category and played a crucial role in securing gold and silver medals for the women’s 4x400m and mixed 4x400m relay teams in Jakarta. However, her hamstring injury, which she sustained in April, continues to impede her performance.
Earlier, Hima had also missed the Federation Cup held in Ranchi, with hopes of her recovery for the National Inter-State Championship, the final selection event for the Hangzhou Asian Games.
The Athletics Federation of India emphasized that participation in the National Inter-State Championship was mandatory for athletes vying for a spot in the Asian Games, with exceptions granted to ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Avinash Sable. Furthermore, officials from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) will conduct ‘In Competition’ testing at the Kalinga Stadium during the championship.
Radhakrishnan Nair, during a rare pre championship press conference, said,
“I am 100 per cent sure that NADA officials are coming. They could be from Kolkata or some from Delhi also. During the Federation Cup in Ranchi (last month), there was a team of 7-8 officials. Now, NADA is very strict, they are appointing so many officials, so they would be coming here also.”
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