Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday met the parents of ace sprinter Hima Das and said that she would be appointed the sports ambassador of Assam.
Hima, who created history by winning gold at IAAF World Under-20 Championships at Tampere in Finland recently, would be the first sports ambassador of the state, officials said.
The state government, he said, would felicitate the sprint queen at a state-level programme after her return to Assam, Sonowal told Hima’s parents Ranjit and Junali Das at their home.
He visited Hima’s home at No 3 Kandulimari village in Dhing area of Nagaon district and interacted with her parents as well as other members of her family.
Sonowal congratulated Hima’s parents on the success of their daughter in the world of sports. He lavishly praised her “stunning success” saying that her achievement has “raised the stature of the people of the state globally”.
Hima would be made the sports ambassador of the state and a reward of Rs 50 lakh would be given to her as per the government’s earlier announcement, he said.
Sonowal also felicitated Hima’s parents with the traditional ‘gamosa’ (Assamese scarf of honour), ‘sarai’ (brass metal offering tray with a stand) and a citation.