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Hima Das appointed as UNICEF India’s first youth ambassador

first_imgThe 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.The world organisation tweeted on Wednesday evening coinciding with the Children’s Day celebrated on November 14 commemorating the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday and announced the name of the woman athlete from Assam, Hima Das.UNICEF made the public announcement on their 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 pic.twitter.com/4WYieI6MhBUNICEF India (@UNICEFIndia) November 14, 2018Hima Das seemed pretty stoked and honoured with the announcement. Here’s what she tweeted:I’m honoured and grateful to be the first @UNICEFIndia Youth Ambassador. I look forward to encouraging and supporting children to achieve their dreams. Join me and #GoBlue this #ChildrensDay pic.twitter.com/7gpgYCJQniHima Das (@HimaDas8) November 14, 2018″I’m honoured to be chosen as Unicef India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams,” Das responded.Hailing from Nagaon district, Das clinched a gold medal in Women’s 4×400 metre relay event at the 2018 Asian Games. She also won a silver in the Women’s 400m Race event.What does a youth ambassador do?In her role as a Youth Ambassador, Hima will be working 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.advertisementAbout Hima Das:Hima Das, nicknamed the ‘Dhing Express’, is an Indian sprint runner from the state of Assam. She holds the current Indian national record in 400 metres with a timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships.Hima’s other awards and honoursDas is the second Assamese runner after Bhogeswar Baruah to win a gold medal at an international event.Baruah won a gold medal at the 1966 Asian Games in the men’s 800 meter event.The Government of Assam appointed her as the state’s brand ambassador for sports.She was conferred with Arjuna Award by the President of India on September 25, 2018About UNICEFUNICEF India works with central government to ensure that each child born in this country gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.Also read: Of ‘Dhing Express’ Hima Das’s several victories for IndiaInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more