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Hima Das clinching third international gold within a span of two weeks in the 200-metre category of the Kunto Athletics meet in Poland on July 7 brought back memories of her last year’s victory. On June 13, Hima Das clocked the digits of 23.43 seconds to have her name etched in the history at the Czech Republic.
I vividly remember how tears rolled down her cheeks when she scripted history last year.. the history of “Incredible India”.. one that even the commentator acknowledged. Each and every Indian was proud of her and the National Anthem playing in the background provided the perfect setting for patriotism. It made many shed tears of happiness and led to many young girls having a new idol in Hima Das.
I remember once we saw a race in the Olympics which started on the the track’ but finished in the ‘pool tactics’. Winner’s head is always up with pride but she had to bow down to ‘win’. This is neither true sportsmanship nor a ‘good example’ for the followers or the budding athletes. Though it was ‘legal’, these are not the ‘ground rules’ of any sport or sportsman spirit.
On the other hand, there was another incident where a sprinter fell on the track and her co-sprinter helped her up and ran with her till the finish line. Sports does not mean winning medals only but also winning hearts and keeping the sportsman spirit alive.
There are millions of followers and lovers of sportsmen. However, one person is important yet often ignored. These are the coaches and the mentors of these sportsmen. These are the ones who motivate the athletes, remain with them in their worst time, see their struggle and help them achieve their true potential.
On Guru Purnima today, let us also honour and acknowledge these people who are the strength behind these sports stars. Nipon Das, Hima Das’s coach is one such person and Hima never forgets to mention him in her statements and give him the credit he deserves.
May their tribe increase and may there be many more Himas in the times to come. Cheers to Indian sports!
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