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Dipa Karmakar turns 24, gymnast eyes Commonwealth Games gold in Gold Coast

Dipa Karmakar turned 24 on Wednesday, but the gymnast continued to focus on her rehabilitation and being able to give her best at the Commonwealth Games.

other sports Updated: Aug 09, 2017 17:19 IST
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Dipa Karmakar is focused on giving her best at the upcoming Commonwealth Games gymnastics.(PTI)

India’s gymnast Dipa Karmakar would receive loads of blessings, wishes from her family, friends, sports co-mates and fans on her 24th birthday on Wednesday.

Her parents Dulal Karmakar and Gouri Karmakar wished their younger daughter with loads of blessings. Like every year, they would visit temples to pray for her.

“We usually visit temples on the day to pray for her long and cheerful life. We have arranged a small party inher honour in home. For past many years, she had been outside the state. Even we can’t remember when she had celebrated her birthday with us at home,” Dulal said.

Her coach Bisweswar Nandi also has a thought of celebrating his favourite student’s birthday in the evening after the training session.

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“We would celebrate Dipa’s birthday after today’s training session ends in the evening.Her friends, well-wishers would also join the party,” Nandi said.

Dipa Karmakar is currently in New Delhi along with three other gymnasts – Priyanka Dasgupta, Ashmita Paul and Abhishek Sinha for a training session at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

Her rehab is going on and it would continue for another two months.

Her coach had earlier said that Dipa Karmakar might skip the World Gymnastics Championship due to an injury on her right leg. But she sets her eyes to score good in Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia year.

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“I got birthday wishes from my family, friends. My rehab is continuing and it will extend for another two months. But I will try to give my best in Commonwealth Games next year,” said Karmakar over the telephone.

Dipa Karmakar scripted her name as the first Indian woman gymnast to participate in Rio Olympics and secured fourth in individual vaults. She made her face known in 2014 by winning bronze medal in Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

She was awarded Padma-Shri for her contribution in sports.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 14:31 IST