Hima Das ruled out of Doha World Championships: AFI


New Delhi: World junior champion Hima Das will not compete at the upcoming IAAF World Championships, scheduled to begin on September 27 in Doha.

This has been confirmed by Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, 400m athlete Hima Das will not compete at the World Championships in Doha due to a back injury,” AFI statement read.

The AFI had named Hima Das as part of India’s World Championships squad. The junior world 400m champion was named in the 4x400m relay and 4x400m mixed relay teams.

In the absence of Hima Das, Jisna Mathew, MR Poovamma, Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan, V K Vismaya and Ramraj Vithya were been entered for the women’s 4x400m relay race. Jisna, Poovamma and Vismaya were named along with Jacob Amoj, Muhammed Anas and Noah Tom Nirmal were named in the initial list for 4×400 m mixed relay race.

Notably, the AFI had time until September 16 to include Hima Das’s name but the apex body of Indian athletics came out with the confirmation about the young Assamese runner on Wednesday evening.

Hima Das has been struggling with back injuries ever since it troubled her at last year’s Asian Games. Notably, Hima had pulled out of heats at the Asian Championships in Doha earlier this year.

However, there were some positive signs as Hima Das won 4 gold medals in 200m event in races in Europe during her training stint there in July.

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