Assam sprinter Hima Das ruled out of Asian Games due to hamstring injury


tar sprinter Hima Das will miss the upcoming Asian Games in China due to a hamstring injury sustained last April, Indian athletics chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair confirmed on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Hima had won a 400m individual silver at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. She was also a part of the gold and silver winning women’s 4x400m and mixed 4x400m relay quartet in Jakarta.

“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,” Nair said.

Due to the injury, Hima had also missed the Federation Cup in Ranchi last month and Nair had then told PTI that the federation was hoping that she would be fit to take part in the National Inter-State Championship, which is the final selection event for the Hangzhou Asian Games.

The Asian Games is slated to kick off from September 23 to October 8 in China’s Hangzhou. 
Reportedly, Hima Das also called ‘Dhing Express’ could also not compete in the Tokyo Olympics due to the same injury. She had also missed the Federation Cup in Ranchi last month.