Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar who represented the country at 2016 Rio Olympics and became the first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics, has been ruled out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games due to the career-threatening knee injury she picked up last year.
The 24-year-old Karmakar’s coach Bisweshwar Nandi confirmed the news and also stated that her performance is not up to the mark yet and they still need at least 3-4 months to get ready to compete in an event.
When asked that Dipa has not participated in any event, her coach said after six months of 2016 Olympics, she suffered with a knee injury and last year in February she had a surgery which took 5 to 6 months and since then we just started the practice. So, we cannot take risk because if she will get injured again then she can succumb to a life-long injury.
And when asked that whether Dipa is training or not, the coach replied that yes, she has begun her training two months ago and we are planning for 2018 Asian Games because we do not want to take risk by participating in this year’s Commonwealth Games.
He further added that neither he nor Dipa is upset that they are not competing in this event as they had already done many things and the biggest thing they did is that she competed in Olympics and would continue to more for the country in future. So there is no chance of getting upset.
Right now, we are focusing only on Asian Games and we have started gradually with her training.
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