Hima to skip IAAF meet

Sprint sensation Hima Das has pulled out of the IAAF Continental Cup as the Athletics Federation of India wants her to have rest after a hectic season, which saw her become the junior world 400m champion. The prestigious tournament is to be held in Czech Republic from Saturday. 

  • Published 8.09.18
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Hima Das, after her arrival in Guwahati, on Friday. (PTI)

New Delhi: Sprint sensation Hima Das has pulled out of the IAAF Continental Cup as the Athletics Federation of India wants her to have rest after a hectic season, which saw her become the junior world 400m champion. The prestigious tournament is to be held in Czech Republic from Saturday. 

Hima was initially among seven Indian athletes who were to take part in the season-ending IAAF event in Ostrava on September 8 and 9, but has now been replaced by Australia’s Anneliese Rubbie as the second runner from Asia-Pacific.

The Continental Cup is competed among four teams — Europe, Africa, America and Asia-Pacific — in 18 events each in both men and women’s sections and the mixed 4x400m relay. 

“Yes, Hima is not running in the IAAF Continental Cup. The AFI has decided to give her rest. She has run so many races this year from the Commonwealth Games to the World Juniors and the Asian Games, ” a top coach said on Friday. 

The coach, however, denied that Hima was nursing any injury, though reports had said she sustained minor side strains during the mixed 4x400m relay race at the Asian Games due to ‘obstruction’ by a Bahraini runner. 

“Hima has no injury. Athletes need good recovery time after a hectic season. She is very young, she has just started her career and we have to preserve and manage her workload lest she is burnt out,” the coach said. 

Hima returned to her home state Assam on Friday to a rousing reception. Hima was received at the LPGB airport in Guwahati by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and many of his cabinet colleagues.   

PTI

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