Guwahati, Sep 8: Star sprinter Hima Das was named the sports brand ambassador for Assam as the Asiad gold medalist was accorded a rousing welcome today on returning to her home state after winning back-to-back gold medals at the international level.
Hima, who is the only Indian athlete to win a gold at any track event in the international level, was also given a formal welcome by the state government, where she was handed cash award of Rs 1.6 crore for her two gold medals, including one in Jakarta Asian Games, and two silver medals in the same Games.
Thanking the government and the people of the state for showering her with their blessings and honour, an emotional Hima said, “I am happy that I have been able to bring smiles on the faces of my people. I request everyone to continue showering their blessings on me, and leave the task of bringing more glory to the state to me. Everyone wants a medal at the Olympics from me and I assure to try my best. The gold will come soon.” UNI