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Hima Das keeps herself fit by playing cricket at NIS Patiala

Hima Das keeps herself fit by playing cricket at NIS Patiala

The Bridge Desk

Published: 14 July 2020 7:07 AM GMT

She became the first Indian woman to win gold at the World Junior Athletics Meet just two years ago. Indian sprinter Hima Das is yet to qualify for the Olympics following delay imposed by coronavirus pandemic. But Das is taking it easy.

Hima keeps herself fit by playing cricket and cycling at the national camp in Patiala.

"There is no competition ahead at the moment," she told the Bengali daily, Anandabazar Patrika. "As a result, the practice is not going that way. I am keeping myself fit by doing moderate practice. Let’s see, when can I practice in full force," she added. It is pretty humid in Patiala at the moment. So practice sessions happen in the morning. While in the evening, she keeps herself busy by cycling at the velodrome or bowling on the cricket field.

The junior world champion athlete in the 400 meters further said, "I do as much as I can by following the rules. My motto is to stay positive and happy at all times."

The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year and all international athletics competitions are also on hold til November 30. The ‘Dhing Express’ commented, ‍ "I am not worried about qualifying for the Olympics because it leads to anxiety. There is still time. I have been praying for the world to recover from this pandemic." She added, "If the situation is normal, athletics can start again from December 1. Then there will be plenty of time to qualify for next year's Olympics."

Hima holds the national record (50.69 seconds) at the moment in the 400 meters. Last year she was not in rhythm due to injury. As a result, there were speculations that she could go down to 200 meters instead of 400 meters. Hima concluded, "The injury has healed. The national athletics body and my coach will decide which event I run in."

Also read: On this day, two years ago, the Hima Das phenomenon was born

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