Athletics Federation Blamed Hima Das For Not Being So Fluent In English !! Made People Of India Angry !!

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Hima Das created history on Thursday when she became the first athlete from India to win a gold medal in a global event.

The 18-year-old achieved this feat by winning women’s 400 metre race at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

However, while the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) was just as proud of the young athlete, a tweet from their official Twitter account left many netizens seeing red.

“Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too,” read a tweet from the AFI that featured a video of the young athlete speaking after her historic win.

Check out some of the main comments :

The Federation replied to these comements as well. Here’s the tweet :

The severe backlash eventually prompted the AFI to issue a clarification.
After her historic win, she termed it the biggest achievement of her life and added that she cried with joy on the podium when India’s national anthem was played.

“Bringing a medal for the country is the biggest achievement and that is why I am very happy. I am very proud to give this gift to the people of India,” Hima was quoted as saying by NDTV.

“I wanted the Indian national anthem to be played and making that happen made me cry with joy,” she added.

The Assam girl also thanked her parents and coaches for their support and guidance, besides expressing her gratitude towards people from India for their blessings.

She said it was only a beginning for her and she would continue to strive for excellence in future.

“I will try to give my best at the Asian Games. I don’t run after medals, I run after time,” said Hima who clocked 51.46 seconds in the final at the Ratina Stadium to bring home the gold medal.

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