It’s gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s birthday! She has turned 23 and it’s time to celebrate at Rio. Well, every 23-year-old young girl would have loved to celebrate her birthday in style but Dipa’s focus is only at winning the medal and has planned to delay everything that comes in the way of her focus to win for India. Yes! even her birthday.
Dipa, who has qualified for the vault finals to be held on August 14, has been put under "house arrest" at the Olympics Games Village by her coach Bisweswar Nandi. She is not allowed to meet or talk to anyone on the phone, except her parents, her roommate Saikhom Mirabai Chanu — the only Indian woman weightlifter — and of course Nandi who’s been with her for the last 16 years.
"I’ve removed the SIM card from her mobile. Only parents are allowed to talk to her. I don’t want her to lose focus," Nandi said from the games village.
"Her birthday celebration can wait for the moment. It’s only her parents who are allowed to talk to her at the moment during the small breaks I give her," coach Nandi said.
Dipa had become the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics. She has also caught attention for performing the risky Produnova vault — a double-front somersault which has the highest degree of difficulty for a women’s vault.
"Every event in gymnastics is a risk, accident may happen anytime but Dipa has mastered the Produnova and we’re very hopeful," Nandi said.
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