Fact Check: Has ‘Golden Girl’ Hima Das Qualified For Tokyo Olympics 2021 Yet?

A post is being shared on Facebook with a claim that Hima Das has qualified for Tokyo Olympics, 2021.

The Facebook post read: गोल्‍डन गर्ल हिमा दास ने 2021 में होने वाले टोक्‍यो ओलंपिक के लिए क्‍वालिफाई कर लिया है। देश का नाम रौशन करने वाली बेटी को बधाई तो बना है

(Translation: Golden girl Hima Das has qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Congratulations to the daughter who makes her country proud.)

Here’s the link to the above post.

More posts can be seen here, here, and here.

A few media agencies have reported that Hima Das has already qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2021:

You can read the full article here, here and here.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the posts and found the claim to be FAKE.

Firstly, using the keywords, we searched for media reports on Hima Das’ selection in the Tokyo Olympics. We could not find any credible news related to it during Googler search.

Secondly, we came across a report by Olympic Channel dated December 15, 2020, that featured 5 prominent Indian athletes who are yet to qualify for Tokyo Olympics, 2021. Hima Das was also on the list.

Hima Das among 5 prominent Indian athletes yet to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

On further investigation, we found that a recent publication by news agency PTI stating that the country’s track and field athletes will have their first shot at the Tokyo Olympics qualification during the three Indian Grand Prix Series events on February 18, 25 and Match 5 at Patiala.

Here’s the circular issued by the Athletics Federation of India for the Indian Grand Prix Series, 2021:

Earlier, BBC had reported that the Tokyo Olympic Games were actually scheduled to be held from July 2020, but due to the coronavirus, it was postponed until 2021.

In a recent article by BBC, the former chief executive of the London 2012 Olympics says it is “unlikely” that the Tokyo Games will take place this summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

All the information put together proves that Hima Das still hasn’t qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, 2021.

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