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Postponement of Olympics a relief for Dipa Karmakar


CHANDIGARH: She raged a psychological combat after a career-threatening knee damage jeopardised her possibilities of representing India at the Tokyo Olympics, however the postponement of the Summer Games because of the pandemic has come as a relief for gymnast Dipa Karmakar.

With virtually 65 to 70 per cent of the gymnastics quotas already booked for the Tokyo Games - now rescheduled to start out from July 23, 2021 - the Tripura woman pins her hopes on the two ultimate World Cups, firstly slated for March 2020, but now pushed to June.

"More than 65 to 70 per cent of the gymnasts have already booked their places for the Tokyo Games. There were eight World Cups but now there are only a couple are left. Both these events, originally scheduled for March, were postponed to June, which also seems unlikely given the current situation," Dipa, 26, instructed NewsTread from her residence in Tripura.

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"The scene is quite gloomy across the globe and in such a situation there are chances that these two events could be held next year, which gives me more time to recover and prepare. So I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping to return to my practice as soon as the situation improves," she added.

Welcoming the International Olympic Committee's decision to defer the Games by way of a year, the gymnast mentioned, "It's shocking and painful to see so many people being affected and dead due to the virus. The IOC took a good decision. You can't risk the lives of so many people, including the athletes involved in the Games."

Mental conditioning

When requested if she had earlier misplaced hope of qualifying for the Olympics, Dipa mentioned: " Jo humare hath mein nehi hai uske bare mein sochne se kya hoga (there is not any point in fascinated by what's beyond our keep an eye on). I used to console myself with the ones strains but in fact such issues disturb you mentally. That's the place the significance of psychological health comes in and I'm fortunate to have my trainer and psychiatrist at the moment," she mentioned.


"We normally tend to ignore the importance of mental fitness. This is such an important aspect in every part of our lives. I am glad many sportspersons have recently come up and spoken about mental health and fitness".



The street forward

Back to the floor after a protracted ruin, Dipa was once slowly getting again to her customary regimen when the lockdown came about. But her trainer Bishweshwar Nandi, the hard process master he is, has set a regimen for his ward to practice at her home.


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