Star sprinter Hima Das, who is in Patiala to resume her training, has tested positive for Covid-19. After failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, the U-20 World Champion in 400 metres took a short break as she was suffering a hamstring injury.
A local coach said that Hima returned to training on October 10. She was having mild exhaustion and they thought it's not a matter of concern but she tested positive for the virus.
Hima’s media manager said there is nothing to worry about on the health front. The national camp for athletics is slated to begin in the last week of October but Hima arrived earlier to get a headstart. The rest of the campers are yet to report to the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, Punjab. “She is there. She wants to train and get back into form,” says 400m chief coach Galina Bukharina.
It may be mentioned, Hima was in good shape in the run to Tokyo Olympics but she clocked 23.21 seconds at the Federation Cup in March, missing the 200m Olympic qualifying mark of 22.80 seconds. A grade one hamstring tear also derailed her Olympic campaign.
“Hima now wants to train hard and do well in the Commonwealth and Asian Games,” said coach Galina.