Dipa Karmakar may skip World Gymnastics Championship due to leg injury
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Dipa Karmakar may skip World Gymnastics Championship due to leg injury

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar might have to miss out on the World Gymnastics Championships due to a leg injury but will be aiming to be fully fit for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

other sports Updated: Jun 21, 2017 16:56 IST
Priyanka Deb Barman
Priyanka Deb Barman
Hindustan Times, Agartala
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Dipa Karmakar is currently recovering from injuries and might not be fit for the World Gymnastics Championship. (PTI)

Agartala: Indian gymnastics icon Dipa Karmakar might not take part in the World Championship due to an injury in her right leg. However, she has set sights on the Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia next year.

Dipa accompanied by three other gymnasts -- Ashmita Paul, Priyanka Dasgupta and Abhishek Sinha – had gone to Delhi recently for a training session at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

“Everything depends on Dipa’s recovery from the injury. Rehab is going on and it will continue for another two-and-half months. If she believes she is in a position to participate, she will take part, else, she will have has to skip it. Obviously, her main target is to score good in the Commonwealth Games next year,” Dipa’s coach Bisweswar Nandi said.

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However, he plans to request the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to allow Dipa to accompany the India team to Canada for the Championship even if she doesn’t take part. “We are planning to request SAI to allow Dipa to accompany the team, even if she is not able to compete. At least, she would be inspired,” said Nandi.

Dipa underwent an anterior cruciate ligament ( ACL) surgery in Mumbai after she got hurt during practice. She had emerged the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics. Dipa narrowly missed bronze, securing fourth position in vault at the Rio Olympics.

Dipa had become the first woman gymnast from India to win bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

First Published: Jun 21, 2017 16:56 IST