GUWAHATI, Sept 10: All Assam Students Union (AASU) organised a felicitation ceremony at Latasil Playground on Monday afternoon to felicitate the new queen of Indian Athletics Hima Das. Around 160 organisations felicitated the Dhing Express at the event.
Felicitating Hima, AASU chief advisor Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya said, “AASU not only protests on roads about various issues, they also produce sports persons, and Hima is a prime example of that. We have to take care of her. Avoid felicitations…only try to support her”.
“She is also a part of AASU as the sports secretary of Dhing regional unit. She already participated in our Gana Satyagrah at Latasil,” he added.
AASU President Dipanka Kumar Nath said, “First time in the history of AASU a sports person is being felicitated in this manner and hope more such programmes will come.”
AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “The way Hima wants to achieve heights, we too want to see her achieving heights. Coming out from a village like Kandulimari Hima proved herself. She makes us proud. Government has support Hima in coaching and other necessary requirements. For that a sports policy is essential.”
Hima’s parents were also felicitated at the event. Elated Hima sang her favourite song “manuhe manuhor babe” and “mon jai” that enthralled everyone. On the other hand Hayat hospital announced free treatment for Hima and her family when needed.
In her speech Hima urged everyone to identify hidden talents of the State and guide them. Associations should also concentrate in this issue seriously. She ensured that she will try to win a medal in Olympics to make Assam proud.
Earlier, Hima was felicitated by Gauhati University on Monday at the Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara. Dr Suresh Kumar Nath, Register, Gauhati University and Dr Ranjan Kumar Kakati, Director, Students’ Welfare, GU handed over a cheque of Rs Five lakh to Hima.