Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bisweshwar Nandi believes that his 22-year-old ward is carrying the dreams of a billion Indians at the ongoing Rio Olympics. Dipa Karmakar, who will be participating in her first Olympics, will be seen in action tomorrow in the women’s individual all-round event.
Dipa Karmakar, who finished fifth in her favourite vault event in the World artistic gymnastics championships at Glasgow in October last year, qualified for the Olympics a few months ago after producing a stunning performance at the test event for the Rio Games. She also clinched the gold at the event and was named a ‘Gymnaste de Classe
I am under so much pressure. Everyone in India is expecting Dipa to create history in Rio."
"I am under so much pressure. Everyone in India is expecting
"I feel that we are carrying the dreams of a billion Indians who just cannot understand how difficult it is for
Nandi added that winning a medal at the event will be very tough for
There is just so much hope and expectation in India, I just don’t know how to deal with all this heavy burden."
"What people in India don’t understand is that the four girls who finished ahead of her at last year’s world championships were not at the test event because they had already qualified for the Olympics," added the coach whose own gymnastic dreams stalled with appearances in the Asian and Commonwealth Games in the 1970s.
"This is really giving me sleepless nights because medals can disappear by 0.001 of a point. There is just so much hope and expectation in India, I just don’t know how to deal with all this heavy burden."