Ace sprinter Hima Das of Assam arrived in Guwahati today (Sep 7) afternoon to a rousing reception. The new sprint sensation of the country bagged three medals — a gold and two silvers — at the recently-concluded Asian Games besides becoming the first Indian athlete to win a track gold in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics championships at Tampere in Finland.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Finance, Health and PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, State BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass, DGP Kuladhar Saikia, AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyaa Hima welcomed the star sprinter at the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi international airport in Guwahati after she arrived from New Delhi.
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“It’s great to be back in Assam. I thank the people of Assam for their unstinted support and co-operation and their wishes and prayers,” the star athlete said after her arrival with her customary ‘Mon Jai’ chant.
The ace sprinter then arrived at the Bhupen Hazarika Samadhi Kshetra in an Audi where she offered her tributes to the bard of the Brahmaputra after covering the distance in a big rally. People stood by the roadside along the route from the airport to the Bhupen Hazarika memorial, garlanding her with the traditional ‘gamosas’.
The rally accompanying Hima then took the route to the Sarusajai Stadium where she was welcomed by her fellow athletes, other sportspersons and coaches. On the other hand, the Assam Government will felicitate her at a special function at the Sankardev Kalakshetra this evening.