Sprinter Hima Das diagnosed with spondylitis; doubtful for IAAF World Relays

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2018 Asian Games gold medallist and India’s ace sprinter in the women’s 400m category Hima Das is doubtful for the IAAF World Relays after the 20-year-old has been diagnosed with spondylitis of the lumbar vertebrae. The tournament will be held in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday and Sunday.

Hima Das might not be able to represent India in the upcoming World Relays
Hima Das might not be able to represent India in the upcoming World Relays

“Hima Das has started training with the relay squad earlier this week. She will need to do some exercises and will also need some rest and rehabilitation as part of her recovery. Her progress is being monitored carefully,” said India’s deputy chief national coach Radhakrishnan Nair to Indian Express.

Hima Das’ tryst with back problems started at the Federation Cup held in mid-March when she collapsed on the pitch, clutching her back in pain after winning the gold medal clocking 52.88 seconds.

At the Asian Athletics Championship held in April in Doha, the Dhing Express pulled out midway through her 400m heats. The back spasm ousted her from the mixed relay as well as women’s 4x400m event.

Hima was training with the rest of the squad since May 5 but looks unlikely to take part in the event. The World Relays form a part of the Olympic Qualifiers and Hima Das’ absence can be detrimental for India’s qualification chances.

The 19-year-old will travel to Spala, Poland with her teammates for an upcoming overseas camp where she will also undergo rehabilitation. We, here at Sportsindiashow, wishes her best of luck and a speedy recovery.

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