Sprinter Hima Das is not unduly worried about having to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

To bid for a spot in the postponed Olympics, the reigning 400m junior world champion has to wait until the international season, suspended until November 30 due to COVID-19, resumes.

“I am not worried about [the Olympics qualification], it will only create tension. There is a year still to go for the Olympics,” Hima told PTI in an interview from NIS Patiala.

“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, ” had become the first Indian woman to win a gold in a World Championships. She holds the national record (50.79 seconds) in…

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