Dipa Karmakar to return BMW car she received for Rio Olympics performance, wants cash

Dipa Karmakar, owing to maintenance costs and narrow roads in Agartala, has decided to return her BMW car.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 12, 2016 5:15 pm
dipa karmakar, karmakar, dipa karmakar bmw, karmakar bmw, dipa karmakar olympics, olympics dipa karmakar, gymnastics, sachin tendulkar Dipa Karmakar and her coach, with family’s consent, took the decision to return the car. (Source: Express file)

Two months after her inspiring performance at the Rio Olympics, Dipa Karmakar is in the middle of a tricky situation. The Indian gymnast who finished fourth in the vault category in Rio and put India on the global map of gymnastics, is now returning one of her presents she received on her return to India. Dipa alongwith India’s two medallist from Rio, PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, received a BMW car each in September. However, soon Dipa will return her car to original owner V Chamundeswaranath, president of the Hyderabad Badminton Association, owing to maintenance issues.

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“It wasn’t Dipa’s decision. Rather it was a collective decision taken by her family and me,” BS Nandi, Dipa’s coach told The Times of India. “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.”

Dipa, who hails from Agartala, and her family are having difficulty maintaining a car as expensive as BMW. Given the narrow roads, it will be difficult for them to keep the car and the Hyderabad Badminton Association has accepted their request.

“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,” he said.

Dipa will next participate in the Challengers Cup in Germany and the Gymnastics Federation of India has told Nandi that Dipa’s participation depends if she can be at the six-member Indian camp.

“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.

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    Balaji
    Jan 1, 2017 at 3:39 am
    It would have been very decent on her part to sell the car to another person, rather that return it to the one who gifted it (IT WAS NOT GIFTED BY SACHIN - HE ONLY PRESENTED IT). The actual person who gifted the car need not have given the car. She DID NOT win a medal, yes she did very well. Like that P. T. Usha missed the bronze medal in 100 meters by 1/100 of a second. No one gave her anything. Dipa returned the car after using it for a while and asking the original price of the car??????????????????
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      Balaji
      Jan 1, 2017 at 3:43 am
      Now she has been given 25 lakhs by the guy who gifted the car. WHICH GOVERNMENT OR ORGANISATION, OR INDIVIDUAL HAS GIVEN HER ANYTHING MORE THAN 5 LAKHS??????????????????????????????
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        Ginatio
        Oct 12, 2016 at 4:38 pm
        Interfering in others freedom (to keep the car or return the car) is like the interfered allowing others to interfere in their private affairs. The private affairs range from wife,GF,etc. Mainly brahmins think they have the right to interfere in others freedom.
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          Cyril Thomas
          Oct 13, 2016 at 11:29 am
          Is it Dipa or Sindu who gave the car back? It's totally confusing...
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            Binoi
            Oct 12, 2016 at 1:18 pm
            The real truth is she came to know hat the car was illegally bought by Tendulkar. Being a brahmin, the other brahmin dogs in IT, ED all collaborated with him so far. Same collaboration cannot be provided by brahmin dogs to Dipia.
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              Ritik
              Oct 12, 2016 at 6:37 pm
              Of course. He was the Guru of criminals!
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                Cyril Thomas
                Oct 13, 2016 at 3:28 am
                Is it Dipa or Sindu who gave the car back? It's totally confusing...
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                  Rajneeti
                  Oct 12, 2016 at 11:54 am
                  Return the car if you face problem with the maintainence..but asking money in liew shows a different intutions!!!!
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                    Anonymous
                    Oct 13, 2016 at 12:16 pm
                    Dipa
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                      Anil Sabaji
                      Oct 12, 2016 at 2:12 pm
                      You and your thinking stinks like dog coming out of hsit .
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                        Ashish Ashish
                        Oct 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm
                        you are one sick bastaxrd dog to think like this.
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                          atul
                          Oct 12, 2016 at 6:28 pm
                          ya chankya was criminal ??
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                            CMahendra
                            Nov 3, 2016 at 11:41 am
                            हाथी खरीदना आसान होता है, पालना नहीं.
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                              Vinod Dhall
                              Oct 13, 2016 at 1:48 am
                              A very practical and sensible Dipa and family. I am sure she will win many medals. Produnova ? Wow
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                                Sreenivasan
                                Oct 12, 2016 at 11:04 am
                                How far away are our rich people from the ordinary is seen from this episode. They will gift an air conditioner to a person who doesn't have a hut that can hold a ceiling fan. They want to share the glory with the poor achiever. In this case, the donors will be well advised if they can take the car back and give cash to the girl.
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                                  Easwaran Sarma
                                  Oct 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm
                                  sick mind and lunatic
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                                    harshad
                                    Oct 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm
                                    Since she has not won any medal in olympic then why should she be gifted such a luxurious car
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                                      Rajnikant Kumar
                                      Oct 13, 2016 at 10:30 am
                                      I think this is a good decision taken by #Deepa.
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                                        Ashok Mazumdar
                                        Oct 12, 2016 at 12:27 pm
                                        Champion Spirit.lt;br/gt;Se love you for lt;br/gt;your Honestylt;br/gt;and Upbringing.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A daughter of India
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                                          psm
                                          Oct 12, 2016 at 9:47 am
                                          There was a time when as a honour, Kings used to offer elephant to exceptional people such as singers, weavers, Brahmins, for their contribution. It was Kings' duty to look after and take care of that elephant till it is alive including the expenses of the care-taker of that elephant. These days these gestures are made for photo opportunity etc. The not so rich athletes have no resources to maintain such white elephants.
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                                            S Subramaniam
                                            Oct 12, 2016 at 7:09 pm
                                            I am proud of Dipa Karmarkar for her honesty and wish her all the best.
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