Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who made the nation proud in the 2016 Rio Olympics, was gifted a BMW car by V Chamundeswarnath, president of
Hyderabad Badminton Association,as a token of appreciation.
However, it has come to light that Dipa Karmakar has requested Chamundeswarnath to take back the car owing to maintenance issues. According to media reports, the Karmakar family has taken the decision to return the car as Agartala roads are narrow and not well-maintained.
Times of India quoted Bireshwar Nandi, Dipa's coach, as saying, "It wasn't Dipa's decision. Rather it was a collective decision taken by her family and me. There are two main reasons behind it. First, there is no BMW service center in Agartala and secondly, the roads are not suitable to drive a posh car such as this."
Moreover, the Challengers' Cup in Germany, which is a month away, will be Dipa's next assignment. Because of which her coach wants her to concentrate fully on the tournament.
Nandi further said, "We have spoken to the concerned authority and gladly, they have no problems with it. It was also suggested to them that if possible, they transfer the amount equivalent to the value of the car to Dipa's bank account. And if not, we will be happy with whatever amount they decide."
With respect to the Challengers' Cup, the Gymnastics Federation of India has informed Nandi that Dipa will only be able to travel to Germany provided the six-member Indian camp can participate as a team.
"According to the Federation, we must at least prepare a three-member team. Otherwise, we won't be able to participate in the Challengers Cup. The camp has also suggested that I begin a preparatory camp as soon as possible," Nandi said.
"Ashmita Paul, another one of my students is one of the bright upcoming gymnasts in the country and I plan on taking her for the camp too. However, I am not sure whether Dipa will be able to join us there as she is yet to resume training in full capacity."