Hima Das’ participation in the World Championships has become a huge question mark after her name was left out from the initial list on Friday.
The initial entries submitted by Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to the IAAF saw Hima’s name missing from both the 4x400m relay and mixed relay races.
Jisna Mathew, MR Poovamma, Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan, V K Vismaya and Ramraj Vithya were the names that have been entered for the women’s 4x400m relay.
The exclusion of Hima from the initial list is speculated to be because of her lower back pain she suffered in Asian Games last year. This saw her pull out of the Asian Championships in Doha in April.
The AFI however has time till September 16th to include Hima’s name in the two relay teams in place of another runner.
AFI president Adille Sumariwalla let out a statement stating that he wasn’t aware of anything regarding Hima’s participation in the World Championships.
“I have no information of Hima’s latest condition as she is in Europe. There is a doctor with the team in Europe and if she is not fully fit she will not take part.”
“If she runs and pulls out midway, the team will suffer. She will have to be fit to run the race. Also, she is just 20 and it is better to preserve her for the Olympics. She is young and talented and she will peak by the time of 2024 Olympics, so we should not put undue pressure on her,” he said.