Assam appoints star athlete Hima Das as DSP: World Championship sprinter Hima Das was appointed as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in the state of Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced on Wednesday night.
The state cabinet also amended the integrated sports policy of the state. Now sportspersons can be appointed as Class-I and Class-II officers in various departments of the state like Police, Excise, Transport etc, government spokesman and Industry minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told reporters.
Das will team up with Odisha runner Dutee Chand for the 4×100m women’s relay race, aiming to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics this year. The celebrated runners will participate in the Asian Relay Championships in Thailand in April 2021, followed by the World Relay Championships in Poland a month later.
I thank our Hon’ble Chief Minister @sarbanandsonwal sir @himantabiswa sir for my appointment as Deputy SP with @assampolice The decision is a huge motivation for me. I look forward to be of service to my state and my nation. Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/hRPwnB3dwk— Hima (mon jai) (@HimaDas8) February 11, 2021
Hima Das was part of the Indian 4x400m mixed relay team that had won a silver medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018. This was the first time the event debuted at the Asiad. Recently, the medal has been upgraded to gold after one of the Bahrain athletes, the original winner, was found guilty of doping in July. This was Das’ second gold medal. In later days, she was focused on 100m and 200m sprints because of her back injuries.
Das is the first Indian woman and the first-ever Indian athlete to win a gold medal at the IAAF World U20 Championships: Assam appoints Hima Das as DSP
Last year, ‘Dhing Express’ Hima Das made it to the ‘Forbes India 30 Under 30’ list. She was also appointed as the country’s first youth ambassador to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) India. Hailing from a small village in Dhing, Nagaon, Assam, in 2018, Das bagged a silver medal in the women’s 400m final of the Asian Games, clocking 50.79 seconds.
Here’s the list of Hima Das’ records in July 2019:
The 20-year-old proved her mettle again by becoming the first Indian woman to win gold at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships, in Tampere, Finland in 2018. She clocked 51.46 seconds in the 400-metre women’s final.
Das was among the 20 recipients of the prestigious Arjuna award in 2019.