Allegations of sexual assault are false: Hima Das’ coach

Tezpur, Assam: Nipon Das, the coach of athlete Hima Das has declined allegations of sexually assaulting a female athlete he has coached.

In an audio message, Das said, “Allegations of sexual assault are false. The woman athlete who made the allegations continued to come for coaching. If I am found guilty, I must be punished but if I am not found guilty then she should be punished.”

He added, “I am clean and innocent. You can ask my students. The police told me to cooperate and I am doing that only. An inquiry is on.”

The female athlete said that she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Das during a training session at the Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati in May.

Hima is the first Indian woman to win gold at IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. The 18-year-old made the country proud as she scripted history by acquiring the top spot in the women’s 400 m final race at the championships which was held in France.

(With agency inputs)