Minister of Sport for Youth Kiren Ridge there were words of encouragement for Indian sprinter Hima Das, who failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after suffering a lower leg injury.
Logging into his official Twitter account, Ridjiju urged Hima not to lose heart and focus on recovery to prepare for the upcoming tournaments.
“Injuries are an integral part of an athlete’s life. I spoke to @ HimaDas8 and told her not to lose heart when she missed the #202020 Olympics and to prepare for the 2022 Asian Games, the 2022 British Community Games and the 2024 Paris Olympics wrote Ridge.
Hima suffered an injury during the National Interstate Athletics Championships. Despite the injury, she participated in the 200-meter race, but finished above the qualifying limit.
She also participated in the women’s 4×100 meter race.
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has already qualified for the Olympics by virtue of her world rankings. She is 44th in the 100m rankings and 51st in the 200m rankings; both were in the qualifying rounds for the Olympics.