Hima Das is India’s young sprinter who during an interview on Frida that she did not inform her parents about participating in the IAAF U-20 World Championship which was held in Finland. It was the same event in which she had made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championship. She had clinched the top spot in the women’s 400 m final race on the third day of the competition.
Hima said, “I did not tell my parents that I was playing such a big tournament. I told them that it was a small game. My parents saw it on television. After I reached the room and called my father, he said 'I was going to sleep'. I said I became world champion and you are sleeping, to which my dad said, let's see in the morning”
Other than winning the gold in Finland, Hima won three medals including Gold at the Asian Games. She also said that she is aware of the fact that the road ahead would be difficult. She said, “It will be a challenge, and I will have to train well. It will be a little tough.” She also mentioned that after she won the gold medal at the tournament, the roads in her village have been reconstructed and that the village has got electricity. She said, “There are changes which I noticed, there is a new road and lights have come up in the village.”
Other than winning a gold medal, Adidas has agreed to an endorsement deal with Hima Das, after which the athlete would be equipped with the best shoes from the company for her future events and competitions.
Talking about the deal, Hima said “I feel extremely proud to join the Adidas family and be a part of a great group of global athletes. Adidas has an incredible track record for helping athletes across sports and enabling them to reach the peak of their sport. With them, I hope to take my performances to the next level on the field and also help create change off it. Our aim together is to improve participation of Indian youth in sports and women empowerment and I am confident of creating the change with Adidas.”