- Dipa Karmakar Not Ready For Commonwealth Games, Says Her Coach
- She is the first Indian female to compete in the Olympics
India’s top gymnast Dipa Karmakar has been forced out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games owing to the career-threatening knee injury she picked up last year.
Confirming the development to ESPN, coach Bishweshwar Nandi said that the gymnast is yet to fully recover from the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery she underwent in April last year, prompting her to give the three-day trials currently underway in New Delhi a miss.
“Dipa is not in her best shape now since the recovery might still need some more time. We didn’t want to risk worsening her condition by pushing her into competition right now. Our target is now the Asian Games.”
Dipa, 24, who became the first female Indian gymnast to compete at the Olympics, missed both the Asian as well as the World Championships last year due to the injury. Now, this year’s first major event too won’t see her in action. “As a sportsperson, you have to live through such phases. She’s handling the situation well and believes she can come back stronger,” Nandi said.
“She is fit but needs more time to be competition-ready. I would not call it a setback and she has taken it very sportingly,” added the coach.
The nature of the injury, which she picked up during a training camp, has not allowed her to compete since the Rio Olympics. She had scripted history at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal in gymnastics in the mega-event. Karmakar had also secured a bronze in the 2015 Asian Championships.
She had scripted history at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal in gymnastics in the mega-event. Karmakar had also secured a bronze in the 2015 Asian Championships.