United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appointed India Asian Games gold-medallist sprinter Hima Das as the first-ever youth ambassador.
UNICEF announced this on their official Twitter handle. “Meet our Youth Ambassador, Hima Das! The Asian Games medallist is @UNICEF India’s first ever youth ambassador as part of #WorldChildrensDay celebration. #GoBlue,” UNICEF tweeted.
Hima Das said that she is honoured to be chosen for the role and further hoped to inspire more children to follow their dreams.
With her recent performances, Hima is being pitched as a 2020 Tokyo Olympics medal contender.
However, that dream seems a little far-fetched, as competitions Hima participated in are in the lower rungs on the World Championship ranking points system.
PTI states on the empowerment of other underprivileged children by the contribution and dedication of this young example ” Hima Das”
“Young people are effective champions for the issues which impact them most. Hima is a young athlete, and she can inspire millions of young people to realise their dreams and aspirations. By appointing her as our first ever Youth Ambassador, we aim to leverage her potential in galvanising children and adolescents to bring about positive change,” said Laura Siegrist Fouche, a representative of UNICEF India.”
Further Hima Das added that
“My role model was Sachin Tendulkar as a kid. I feel very proud that I have been able to follow his footsteps and become a UNICEF ambassador like him. I want for every child, regardless of their background, gender, caste etc. to be able to access schools that are safe and supportive so that they can learn and thrive,” PTI quoted.
Currently ranked 87th in 400 metres and 122nd in 200 metres, Hima still has a long way to go, and her track record shows, she will make it to the finish line with flying colours.