Virender Sehwag urges government to honour Dipa Karmakar, Lalita Babar

Virender Sehwag has requested the government to name a special train and plane after Dipa Karmakar, Lalita Babar in order to honour their efforts.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Published: August 16, 2016 3:43 am
lalita-Dipa Both, Dipa Karmakar and Lalita Babar made India proud after qualifying for finals in their respective events.

Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag has requested the government to name a special train and plane after gymnast Dipa Karmakar and athlete Lalita Babar in order to honour their efforts at the ongoing Rio Olympics.

“Reqst to Hon’ble @narendramodi ji & @sureshprabhu ji 2consider d following in honour of #DipaKarmakar & #LalitaBabar,” Sehwag wrote on his Twitter handle on Monday.

“Everyone likes saluting the rising sun. Though our champions in Rio have not won a medal thus far for their incredible efforts and skills, the way some of them have fought against all odds has been amazing. Its important that we honour their efforts,” he added.

Dipa created history when she finished fourth in the final of the women’s Vault event, missing out on what would have been India’s first Olympic medal in gymnastics by 0.15 points.

Her effort in the final included the dangerous Produnova vault which has earned her widespread acclaim.

Lalita, on the other hand, became the first Indian athlete — male or female — to appear in the final of an Olympic track event in 36 years when she qualify for the women’s 3,000 metre Steeplechase.

Lalita produced a brave effort in the final on Monday to finish 10th. She was in fiery form in the qualifying round as well, breaking the national record on the way to booking a berth in the final.

Her effort in the qualifying round is specially praiseworthy as she recoverd from a fall in the early stages of the race to take the lead at one stage before finishing fourth.

The manner in which Dipa and Lalita have overcome hurdles of inadequate finance, lack of facilities and other problems to shine on the biggest stage in the world of sports have earned them laurels from celebrities and common people alike.

According to Sehwag, a special effort on the part of the government to honour Dipa and Lalita will inspire future generations to take up sports.

“I would request Hon’ble PM Narendra Modiji to consider naming a special plane & a train after these two young athletes (even if it is a special for a few days and at the cost of not causing confusion) which in a way will encourage parents and inspire many youngsters to take up less popular sports as a career,” the former start cricketer asserted.

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  1. Nepid
    Aug 16, 2016 at 4:09 am
    Rename one of the Indira hi or Rajeev hi scheme to these players.
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      Cool
      Aug 16, 2016 at 4:11 am
      "The manner in which Dipa and Lalita have overcome hurdles of inadequate finance, lack of facilities and other problems to shine on the biggest stage in the world of sports have earned them laurels from celebrities and common people alike.lt;br/gt;What is this stupid diffn between celebrities and common ppl.Half of the celebs are morons and what is this word celebrity I cant undstd.
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        DR ASHOK AHUJA
        Aug 16, 2016 at 2:38 am
        A very good suggestion to give a boost in sports Lets give a name and honour them with a train from Agarthala and Mahrashtra to be named after Dipa and Lalita respectively and even other who reached some pinnacle of sports.Dattu, too should be considered as they are all our heroes and bravehearts.
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          Amit Mukhopadhyay
          Aug 16, 2016 at 5:05 am
          Can't agree more. Both Dipa and Lalita should be honoured. But I suggest let the govt honour them by improving their respective base facilities. Perhaps Dipa and other gymnasts need better equipment at their Agartala facility. The govt must look into it now. And one thing has been proved -- success doesn't necessarily require foreign coach. Look at Dipa -- her coach is Bishweswar Nandi, and she is No. 4 among the thousands of women gymnasts trying the art around the world.
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            Ruchi
            Aug 16, 2016 at 4:59 am
            Please include Dattu Bhokanal also in the list of awardees. It is heartwarming to see young Indians making a mark in sports areas that have been absolutely new with no or limited infrastructure support
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