UNICEF announced Asian Games gold-medallist sprinter Hima Das as the first-ever youth ambassador of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) India, through their official Twitter handle.
The sprinter, Hima Das said that she is honoured to be chosen for the role and she further hopes to inspire more children to follow their dreams. Hima, in her role as a Youth Ambassador, will be working towards raising awareness about the rights and needs of children.
According to some reports, she will help amplify the voices of children and young people as active participants in decision making, and thus will be contributing to their holistic development.
A representative of UNICEF India, Laura Siegrist Fouche said - "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".
Hima was quoted saying that as a kid, her role model was Sachin Tendulkar. She feels very proud that she has been able to follow his footsteps and become a UNICEF ambassador like him. She wants 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.
At the 2018 Asian Games, she won a gold medal in Women's 4 x 400 m Relay event. With a clock timing of 50.59 seconds, she had also won a silver medal in Women's 400 m race event.