Dipa Karmakar’s request for long-time physio to accompany to Rio was deemed ‘wasteful’ by SAI

Dipa Karmakar had requested for her longtime physio Sajad Ahmad to be allowed to accompany her to Rio 2016 Olympics but that was denied.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 14, 2016 3:31 pm
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Dipa Karmakar had asked a Sports Authority of India (SAI) official to allow her longtime physio Sajad Ahmad to travel with her to Rio 2016 Olympics but her requested was deemed ‘wasteful’ it has been learnt. But now that she has qualified for the Final, Ahmad has been rushed to the South American city to keep her in optimum shape in order to help India land its first medal in gymnastics at the Olympics.

The officials had questioned her, “You’re going alone, why do you need a physio,” upon the request, reveals the family of the gymnast. But now that she’s qualified, her requests are being adhered to. “Now that Dipa is proving to be India’s best shot, they’re hurrying to give her what she needs,” the family member added.

Early reports had said SAI had approved the request for a physio and Ahmad was only being rushed now because Dipa had suffered an injury.

After her qualifying round, Sports Minister Vijay Goel who is in Rio de Janeiro had asked her what she needed and Dipa had simply replied ‘my coach’ and that request has been listened to. It must be noted that requests for physios for other contingent members was also refused.

Karmakar will compete in the Final on August 14 after she had become the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the latter stages of the sport at an Olympics. She had earlier become the first Indian woman to qualify for the Olympics too and could go after yet another glory on the day of India’s independence.

Karmakar had so far been attended to by the physio attached to the entire Indian contingent at Rio 2016 Olympics.

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    Thomas Antony
    Aug 13, 2016 at 3:23 am
    This aude of the Indian Authorities has landed the country in this pathetic state. When will they be normal humans?
    1. R
      Aug 11, 2016 at 8:59 am
      an ST/SC girl is leading bhrahamin's india
      1. S
        Aug 11, 2016 at 6:54 am
        Our Minister are waste..............when it is required they feel its a waste......when they them self are waste.........lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Really feel pity for these hardworking sportsman where they need to beg for each and everythinglt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;these people just inside their office and bark like anythinglt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All the best Dipa
        1. A
          Aug 11, 2016 at 8:33 am
          Freedom is priceless. We have never known a lack of it hence cannot entirely understand the absence. To the individual who dared to question Dipa's motive in requesting the physio think again with a clean mind. A clean mind would help in clarity. India is with the team representing India including Dipa.
          1. A
            Aug 11, 2016 at 8:25 am
            I hope things change significantly for Indian athletes after Rio. Good Luck Dipa and team. Good luck to the Indian team across disciplines.
            1. V
              Aug 11, 2016 at 10:01 am
              Penny wise pound foolish. This happens when men who have no understanding of the human physiology or the effect of sport, have on it, at the highest levels.They cannot see or appreciate the big picture. All they are hung up about is the cost. In contrast, some of them award tenders with no regards to cost to build special structures for commonwealth game which only fall down before the game starts at great cost to the nation!.lt;br/gt;This young athlete's Physio could have accompanied her if only one or two of the parasites of the indian contingents were pulled back. They must understand that the athletes are the stars and takes the precedence here over leeches and freeloaders. Every other nations worth it salt have separate coaches and physios and support staff travelling with their teams.lt;br/gt;We, some how have our team managers and administrators and their lackeys, take these games as an opportunity to take in the sites of Rio not to mention the carnival atmosphere.
              1. A
                Aug 11, 2016 at 4:56 pm
                These sports ociations are main culprits for the sports in our country. Simply milking money and promoting all good for nothings players. All our past players who made us proud are self made. There is no contribution from the society , means not a single penny was spent for them from Tax payers money. lt;br/gt;still 1.2 billions indians are looking for a single gold from 105 people. Are we not ashamed. Yes i am. But still my heart bleeds for my country as we all do. Mr.Modi start clean up Sport ociations.
                1. A
                  Aug 11, 2016 at 7:31 am
                  They were right to refuse, had they done so, then the media would have joined the same chous. Better for her family whi are probably feeling left out, should show dignity and allow the show to go. Why not acknowledge all the good the federation did upto this pount. I am sure throwing stones in a gl house is not a good idea,
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