World junior champion Hima Das will not be participating in the upcoming World Championships 2019 due to a back injury, according to the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
The AFI on Wednesday, September 18, took to twitter to provide the information and said: “Unfortunately 400 m athlete Hima Das will not compete at the World Championships 2019 in Doha due to back injury.”
Unfortunately 400m athlete #HimaDas will not compete at the @iaaforg World Championships 2019 #Doha2019 due to back injury.@g_rajaraman @Padmadeo @pragges @Vimalsports @kannandelhi @DiggySinghDeo @AndrewAmsan @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @imrahultrehan pic.twitter.com/RZ6CnGvTZo— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) September 18, 2019
On September 9, the AFI named seven women, including Hima, for the 4x400m relay and 4x400m mixed relay races at the World Championships to be held from September 27 to October 6 in Doha.
However, Hima’s participation in the relay events became a matter of intense speculation after she was left out of the initial entries of Indian Women athletes for the two relay races submitted by AFI to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for the showpiece event.
The ace sprinter from Assam has been suffering from a lower back pain after competing at the Asian Games last year. At the Asian Championships in Doha in April, she had pulled out of the individual 400m heats midway through the race.
From July to August, Hima won six gold medals in different events (4 in 200m, one in 300m and one in 400m).