She finished fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympics but since then Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar hasn’t been in action. After missing the Asian Championships earlier this year, she is all set to miss the World Championships. Karmakar says she is going to miss the tournament as she is recovering from a knee surgery which she had to undergo in April after her anterior crucial ligament (ACL) injury. The World Championships will be held in October in Canada.
“There is not much you can do in case of an injury. It is frustrating as an athlete but I won’t call it a setback. Though it is surely a challenge,” Karmakar told PTI.
Even Karmakar’s coach Biswehwar Nandi said that she won’t be competition at the Worlds and is no focused on the Commonwealth and Asian Games next year. Karmakar has began joining but training will be possible only after rehab which may take around six months.
“I would not want that she goes to worlds for mere participation. And it won’t be possible for her to be fully ready for the big event,” said Nandi. “Coming back after an injury is a challenge but then you also have to keep in mind that you can get injured also in the competition. Like it happened with one of the participants in Rio. Gymnastics is a dangerous sport at all times,” he said.
Karmakar, meanwhile, is keeping herself hit and is completing her studies.
“I gave one MA exam last year, now I am preparing for another,” she said. “One of the gymnast who took part in Rio was 43 years old. So if she can do it, I can too.”
(With PTI inputs)