My pictures on magazine covers might inspire kids to take up sports: Hima Das

first_imgShe has made it to the top as fast as her gold-winning sprint in Finland earlier this year!Hima Das has been creating ripples ever since she became the first Indian athlete to win gold at the IAAF U20 World Championships. It has been a graph that has only gone up with her face popping up on boards all over the country.Magazine covers, brand endorsements and all the big market madness has just fallen into the sprinting feet of Hima Das.She is well aware of the brand she carries with herself now but it was not something she thought of until her phone began buzzing as she created history in Tampere.”I didn’t think of it [that many people will know me] before but after the [U20 World Championships] medal, when people started calling and messaging then I understood,” Hima Das told during an interaction at National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala.Her reception at the airport in Assam after she returned from the Asian Games was nothing short of magnificent. A track was laid out for her in celebration of her brilliant performances in Jakarta.Hima has made a journey from running bare feet to having branded shoes with her name on it. She is a rare athlete to feature on the cover of magazine but more than a source of just making her name, she feels these covers might inspire more kids to take up sports and athletics.Also read – Hima Das: Tracing star sprinter’s journey from Assam’s rice fields to global stardomadvertisement”Yes, it feels good. It’s like people can get inspired by looking at that as well and more kids will want to enter sports. You know because then parents are like ‘see this player, he/she played and made a name. You can also do that’. So this is good for inspiration,” Hima said. Hima Das won three medals at the Asian Games 2018. (@HimaDas8 Photo)Hima made her debut appearance at the Asian Games earlier this year and even under the kind of expectations she was carrying for such young shoulders, she emerged triumphant with three medals — gold in women’s 4×400 relay, silver in 400m and silver in mixed 4×400 relay.Things didn’t come easy for her. Even after winning the gold in U20 World Championships, she went through intense training to turn up in the best shape possible in Jakarta.”I prepared a lot for that [Asian Games]. After Finland, we directly went to Czech Republic and there was some really hard and good training there. It is because of it that I did well.”READ – Hima Das assured of government support till 2020 Olympics in TokyoHima said a few changes have come in her training regime but she leaves these things to her coach.”You have to work hard. There has been a bit of change in training, a bit of split training. But in the end, the coach decides whatever needs to be done.”It’s upto the coach, he hasn’t started training yet. So whatever he decides, I’ll do it,” Hima told.Hima’s focus is unwaivered. Even as she has been gathering medal after medal, all she wants to do is get better. She wants to beat herself everytime.”I just want to better my time. I don’t go for medals but to break my own time,” Hima concluded.With all the training facilities of NIS Patiala in her access, Hima has her eyes set on better timing and more glory.With her blazing feet and focussed personality, she harbours the hopes and expectations of a nation of billions with utmost calmness and grace. Perhaps, that is an inspiration worth taking.Also watch –last_img read more