Hima reaches Nagaon, gets a rousing reception


Star sprinter Hima Das today (Sep 11) left Guwahati for her home village Kandulimari in Dhing. The ace sportswoman, who won three medals — a gold and two silvers — in the recently concluded Asian Games at Jakarta and Palembang, will be back home after spending many months in training at various places ahead of the AIFF world U-20 championships — where she won a historic gold for the country in the 400 metres final — and the recently-concluded 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.

People braved rain and inclement weather to catch a glimpse of the ace sprinter who is now known to the outside world as ‘Dhing Express’ and ‘Assam Express’.


After she reached Nagaon town, she was felicitated by a host of groups and organizations, including the Nagaon Sports Association, at a function in the Khagen Mahanta Auditorium. Hima was felicitated by Union MoS (Railways) Rajen Gohain, Assam Water Resources Minister and Kaliabor MLA Keshab Mahanta, Nagaon MLA Rupak Sharma, Hojai legislator Shiladitya Dev along with other groups, organizations and individuals.

Meanwhile, Nagaon Sports Association will name the race track at Nagaon’s Nurul Amin Stadium in Hima’s name.

The star sprinter was also felicitated by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Asom Sahitya Sabha and 158 other apolitical groups and organizations at another function in Guwahati yesterday (Sep 10).


Hima had arrived in the Assam capital on Saturday (Sep 8) and was accorded a hero’s welcome with the Assam Government felicitating for her superb performances in the AIFF World U-20 championships and the 18th Asian Games and rewarding her with Rs 1.6 crore besides naming her as the brand ambassador of Assam sports.


She is likely to spend two-three days at home before resuming her training for upcoming tournaments, specially the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.