AFI apologises as tweet over Hima Das’s English skills sparks controversy
Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has issued an apology after commenting on Hima Das’s English-speaking skills on Twitter.AFI had posted a video on their Twitter account after Hima’s semi-final at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Finland two days back.”#HimaDas speking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg. Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final!,” AFI had captioned the video.How Hima Das compares with PT Usha and India’s other sprint queens#HimaDas speking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final! @ioaindia @IndianOlympians @TejaswinShankar @PTI_News @StarSportsIndia @hotstartweets pic.twitter.com/N3PdEamJenAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018The Federation later posted an apology but also clarified that they didn’t mean to mock Hima’s English but were only trying to say that the sprinter is not scared of anything and takes on all kinds of challenges, be it on the track or off it.Hima Das’ parents offer prayers of gratitude as daughter creates historyTWEET ! , ! , ! , !Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 13, 2018, , DELETE ! ! , ! !Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 13, 2018Hima captured the imagination of the world after creating history by becoming the first Indian to win gold at a track event in ongoing World Championships on Thursday.Watch Hima Das run for glory and gold at Under-20 World AthleticsadvertisementCongratulating Das, AFI President Adille Sumariwalla said, “Very proud of Hima for creating history. It is one of the proudest moments of my life and for Indian athletics. Congratulations to Hima and her coaches, the government and SAI for their support to AFI.”Hima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, IndiaThe 18-year-old recorded a time of 51.46 seconds in the 400m race and joined the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. In fact, Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.Sachin Tendulkar salutes golden girl Hima Das: Start of a new eraThe previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).pic.twitter.com/oLmmhuyD9eHima Das (@HimaDas8) July 13, 2018Hima Das dominates Twitter trends in India after historic gold medalDas is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.Das was the favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. Her rise has been nothing less than meteoric as she took up serious running only last year.Das had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.Since then, she has gone on to improve her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati.