New Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Teenage sprint sensation Hima Das Wednesday welcomed the move of her being strictly monitored by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) saying it was a sign of being a good athlete.Also Read - Highlights India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Match : IND Win By 73 Runs, NZ Whitewashed 3-0
Hima has been reportedly included by NADA in their “Registered Testing Pool” high category, under which the 18-year-old will be subjected to frequent In-Competition (IC) as well as Out of Competition (OC) testing. Also Read - Highlights | India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Match: IND Beat NZ By 7 Wickets, Clinch T20I Series
“Whatever the rules are we have to follow them. I have no problem with it. It is a very common thing for good athletes. It is for the benefit of good athletes,” Hima told PTI. Also Read - Highlights IND vs NZ 1st T20I Match: Suryakumar Yadav's Fifty & Rishabh Pant's Gutsy Knock Guide India Home
After a successful year which saw her winning several medals and rapidly rise in popularity charts, Hima’s only aim is to try and better her personal best as many times as possible.
“I don’t run after medals. I sprint after the timing. I am focussed on bettering my timing. My current best is 50.79 seconds and everyday I am trying to bring it down to 50.78 seconds.” Hima, who won three medals, including gold in 4x400m women’s relay at the Asian Games and a historic gold medal at the U-20 World Championship in Finland, was appointed the India’s first ever Youth Ambassador by UNICEF.
“My role model was Sachin Tendulkar as a kid. I feel very proud that I have been able to follow his footsteps and become a UNICEF ambassador like him. I want for every child, regardless of their background, gender, caste etc to be able to access schools that are safe and supportive so that they can learn and thrive,” Hima said.
In her role as a Youth Ambassador, Hima will be working towards raising awareness about the rights and needs of children. She will help amplify the voices of children and young people as active participants in decision making, thus contributing to their holistic development.
“Young people are effective champions for the issues which impacts them most. Hima is a young athlete and she can inspire millions of young people to realize their dreams and aspirations. By appointing her as our first ever Youth Ambassador, we aim to leverage her potential in galvanising children and adolescents to bring about positive change,” said Laura Siegrist Fouche, a representative of UNICEF India.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.