NAGAON, Sept 11 - Braving inclement weather conditions thousands of people thronged the Khagen Mahanta auditorium here to show their solidarity to India�s new sprint sensation Hima Das.
The felicitation function, organised jointly by the Nagaon District Administration and Nagaon Sports Association (NSA), was scheduled to be held at the Nurul Amin Stadium, but due to incessant rain the meeting had to be shifted to the Khagen Mahanta auditorium. �I am not here to be felicitated, but I am here for seeking your love and blessings,� said Hima while speaking on the occasion. �I will stay for two days at home and after that will leave for my training place. I have to work hard in order to bring more laurels to the country and my beloved Assam. Now I have more responsibility, bless me for my good health and leave it on me for other results,� said Hima.
She urged the State Government to set up playgrounds in all the rural areas of the State so that the talents could be spotted. She also emphasised on standard coaching so that the young talents could be groomed for international standard.
Union Minister Rajen Gohain, while speaking on the occasion said that Hima has made Assam proud and he hoped she will bring more laurels to the State in coming days. State Minister Keshab Mahanta termed the �Dhing Express� as a piece of gem. �Now her aim should be the Olympics and love of the people of Assam will inspire her,� Mahanta said. Welcoming the gathering, Nagaon DC Biswajit Pegu revealed that as per the instruction of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, a standard playground will be prepared at Hima�s birth place in Kandhulimari, near Dhing.
A host of eminent persons like local MLA Rupak Sarma, NSA secretary Pradip Hazarika, Hojai MLA Shiladitya Dev, parents and relatives of Hima, her coaches and journalists were present on the occasion. Hima was also felicitated on behalf of DG NCC and ADG NER NCC by Col RB Patil, Officiating Group Commander, Tezpur Group and Col Vinay Malhotra, Commanding Officer, 8 Assam BN NCC. She was handed over a cheque of Rs 25,000 in recognition of her exceptional performance in the field of athletics.
At Dhing also several organisations offered a warm welcome to Hima who reached home after a couple of months.