Dipa Karmaker’s hopes still alive due to postponement of Tokyo Olympics

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Dipa Karmakar won bronze in 2014 Commonwealth Games. PC- Getty Images

Tokyo Olympic games are postponed by a year due to COVID-19 pandemic. This news came hard on some athletes as it has disturbed the plan of athletes around the world. While it came as an opportunity for some as it will give some more recovery time to injured athletes.

Dipa Karmakar, who finished fourth in Rio Olympics games in 2016 was set to miss Tokyo games. But this announcement seems to have given Indian gymnast a new hope, its like blessing in disguise for her.

Dipa Karmakar’s Career

She came into limelight when she won medal at Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the Games. She continue her good performances and won a bronze medal at the Asian Gymnastics Championships and finished fifth at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

She represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first Indian gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics in 52 years. She missed out of a medal in Rio and finished fourth in Women’s Vault Gymnastics event at Rio after landing the famous and feared – Produnova vault.

Injury riddled last four years

Dipa after winning Gold in Turkey WC. PC-PTI

Dipa Karmakar’s career after her fourth place finish in Rio is mostly riddled with injuries. She had been struggling with knee injury since 2017. She underwent surgery to treat Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury in 2017.

She made a short comeback in 2018 and bagged a gold in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Turkey in July 2018 followed by bronze in Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Germany.

But then she withdrew from Artistic Gymnastic world cup in Baku as her knee staring to trouble her again. We also witnessed her pull out of the Artistic team finals in the Asian Games due to injury.

She was out of action in 2019 and she couldn’t participate in World Championship in October last year, which was an important tournament to qualify for Tokyo Olympics. Due to injury she missed all qualifying tournament in 2019.

But now Olympic games are pushed by a year, the 26 years old Dipa Karmakar hopes to make most of this opportunity.

Dipa Karmakar wants to grab this Golden opportunity

Two world cup were scheduled in March this year but they were postponed to June due to corona outbreak. If she regain her fitness then she can most of those two remaining world cups. Dipa is hoping that the extra time will come handy for her and she is spending much of her time in physical exercises get back in best shape.

“There were eight World cups but now there are only two left, which were supposed to happen in March but got postponed to June due to the coronavirus outbreak,” she was quoted as saying by the PTI.

“Given the situation, they perhaps will happen next year. So it gives me more time to recover and prepare for the two events. I will give my best to return to form and hopefully, I can do well and qualify.”

Dipa is completely fit now: Bishweshwar Nandi

Bishweshwar Nandi, Dipa Karmakar’s long-time coach said, this postponement has renewed Karmakar’s hopes and slowly she is back with her training. We will start training for the two qualifying events (in Doha and in Baku) as the situation gets better.

“She is fit now. She has completely recovered from the injury but in gymnastics, you have to slowly start the process of training and Dipa had started her basic practice late last month when this Coronavirus outbreak happened,” the Dronacharya awardee said.

Will Dipa be able to do the extremely risky Produnova vault again? “She has been performing some other vaults as well. But she is not doing away with the Produnova. However, I cannot guarantee anything,” the coach said.

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