Hima Das Assured Of Govt Support Till Tokyo 2020 Olympics


New Delhi: Indian sporting scene Hima Das will get “end-to-end” support towards her preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).

Das created history on Thursday as she won India’s first ever track gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland.

She recorded a time of 51.46 seconds in the 400m race. Post her excellent show in Finland, she was showered with blessings and congratulations from all the eminent personalities of the country and now she will be receiving extra government support for her preparation as well.

“Hima, post her excellent performance at CWG 2018, where she ran her then personal best of 51.32, was inducted in ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in May 2018.

“Under the scheme, in addition to the Rs 50,000 per month as Out of Pocket Allowance (OPA), she would be provided end to end support towards her Olympic preparation by the Govt,” said Sports India (erstwhile SAI) DG Neelam Kapur.

As per an earlier list, Hima was supposed to be funded by the government only until the upcoming 2018 Asian Games. “Hima and the other 400m runners, post CWG, were sent to Spala Olympic Training Centre in Poland, for a month-long training in mid May, which was funded by the Govt.