India’s star sprinter Hima Das has been ruled out of the upcoming IAAF World Athletics Championships because of a lingering injury.
"Unfortunately, 400m athlete Hima Das will not compete at the World Championships in Doha due to a back injury," an Athletics Federation of India (AFI) tweet said late on Wednesday.
The World Championships, which are scheduled to begin on September 27 in Doha, Qatar was to feature Das as part of India’s mixed relay teams along with Jisna Mathew, MR Poovamma, Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan, VK Vismaya and Ramraj Vithya before back troubles sidelined the 19-year-old.
The injury has been troubling Das since her Asian Games heroics last year, where she bagged two golds and a silver. At the Asian Championships in April, she withdrew from the individual 400m heats in the middle of the race; the teen sprinter having been diagnosed with a lower back spasm.
The Dhing Express, however, made a brilliant comeback and went on to win four gold medals in the 200m and another gold in the 400m at races in Europe in July, capping it with a gold in the 300m in August.
As for the World Championships preparation, Das had managed to run only a solitary 400m event before experiencing pain.
Looking ahead to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Assamese will be hoping to make a stronger comeback given that she remains one of India’s medal hopefuls.