Sprinter Hima not worried about qualifying for Olympics

New Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI):
Star sprinter Hima Das is not losing her sleep over qualifying for the Olympics, having included cycling and a bit of cricket in her “medium-intensity” training regime while taking care to avoid the sweltering summer heat.
With no competitions lined up in the near future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hima is taking it easy.
“There are no immediate competitions and so we are neither doing low level training nor intense. We are just doing medium intensity training. Let us see when we pick up our training,” Hima told PTI from NIS Patiala.
“It is very hot here and so we do only morning training. In the evening we have spare time and I do cycling (in the velodrome) and even do bowling with cricket balls.
“I try to enjoy life as much as I can. My motto is ‘be positive and be happy’,” added the reigning junior world champion in 400m.
The pandemic has pushed back the Tokyo Olympics by a year and the international season stands suspended till November 30.
“I am not worried about it (Olympics qualification), it will only create tension. There is a year still to go.
“Let us first pray that this pandemic ends quickly. Then athletics season begins (on December 1) and there is a lot of time next year to qualify for the Olympics,” she said, exactly two years after she won the gold in the World Junior Championships in Finland.
The 20-year-old Hima, known as ‘Dhing Express’, is the first Indian woman to win a gold in a world championships and holds the national record (50.79 seconds) in 400m.
A lower back injury has been troubling her for some time, leading to speculations that she may not run 400m in future and switch to 200m.
When asked, she said, “I am recovering (from the injury). I will do whatever is decided by my coach and the AFI. They will decide (which one I will run).”

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