Hima Das set to miss out on individual events in the World Championships

first_imgAdvertisementIndia’s foremost quartermiler Hima Das along with javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra are nursing injuries with less than a month to go for Doha World Championships. A top-eight finish in Doha will ensure qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.Hima Das’ injury concern however has contradicting views within the federation itself.“There will be no more competitions for the women quartermilers. They are all in the loading phase and will not participate any more till the Worlds,” an AFI official confirmed.Thus the statement from the AFI official meant that Hima will miss out from participating in the 400m since she is yet to qualify.The official went on to add that Hima is currently nursing a back problem which needs to be assessed.“Yes there is a back problem, specially during long training sessions, but we need to assess the extent of it. It is not a new injury, though, as is being said. Also, there is no spondylitis as reported, which is an inflammation of the vertebra. What Hima has is spondylolysis, which is a degenerative stress fracture and needs more rehab than anything else,” the official said.While she is out of the individual events, Hima in the worst case might also have to miss out on the 4x400m relays if she isn’t deemed fully fit.National coach Radhakrishnan Nair however gave some relief. While speaking to Sportstar, Radhakrishnan went on to deny all rumors that revolved around Hima’s fitness.“She ran the 400m as recently as August 24 in Czech Republic and before that in July also. I refute any injury concerns,” Nair told Sportstar.In spite of Hima not taking part in the individual events, there is some hope that she could make the cut for the 400m due to her timings this year.“Even if she manages to do so, there is little or no chance of her managing to cross the preliminary stage even. In such a scenario, there is little sense in trying to load her with an extra event,” said the Federation sources.Also Read:Jinson Johnson breaks national record to win silver, qualifies for World Championships Advertisementlast_img

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