The United Nations Children’s Fund-India (Unicef-India) has appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as the country’s first ever youth ambassador.
Unicef India works with Central Government. It ensures that each child born in India gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.
This was announced on the official Twitter handle of UNICEF India. Hima Das felt honored to be India’s Youth Ambassador after her appointment. “I’m honored to be chosen as @UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams,” she said.
In her role as a Youth Ambassador, Hima would work towards raising awareness about the rights and needs of children. She will help amplify the voices of children and young people as active participants in decision making, thus contributing to their holistic development.
The name of the woman athlete from Assam was announced by the world organization in a tweet on Wednesday evening coinciding with the Children’s Day. The day being celebrated on November 14 commemorating the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday.
The 18-year-old sprinter hailing from Nagaon district, Das clinched a gold medal in Women’s 4×400 meter relay event at the 2018 Asian Games. She also won a silver in the Women’s 400m Race event. The 18-year-old sprinter from Assam is fondly called ‘Dhing Express’ after her village.
Earlier this year in September, Das was honored with the Arjuna Award. And soon after receiving the prestigious award, she was named the ambassador of the State of Assam. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had made the announcement.
Hima had scripted history by winning the gold medal in the women’s 400m event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland in July 2018. The young sprinter became a part of an exclusive club of Indian track and field athletes who have won a medal in the World U20 Championships
She registered a timing of 51.46 seconds in the final at the Retina Stadium to become the first Indian track athlete to win gold in a world championship across all age groups.
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