Asian Games triple medallist Hima Das will finally reach Guwahati on Friday and the city has lined up a unique welcome for her. Photos posted on social media show a carpet laid out for her at the Guwahati airport with track markings on it. This is the first time Hima is returning to the city since her sojourn to Jakarta for the Asian Games.
Hima will be welcomed by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the airport. She will then head to Sarusujai Stadium and on the way, she will stop over at the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Samadhi Kshetra Memorial. She will have a state-level felicitation at the Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra in the evening.
Hima Das arrived in New Delhi along with the rest of the Indian contingent on Tuesday. She met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Wednesday.
It has been a privilege to meet our honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi sir. Thank you sir for the encouragement and motivation during this meeting today. pic.twitter.com/OdETvS7mjq
— Hima Das (@HimaDas8) September 5, 2018
Hima has enjoyed a meteoric rise in 2018. She shot to fame in the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships where she became the first Indian to win a gold medal at a world meet. Trailing for much of the first half of the race, Hima shifted gears in the final 100 meters to move ahead of the competition and win the 400m event.