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  1. India at Olympics 2016: Dipa Karmakar, India’s top Olympic gold medal hope, in physio controversy

India at Olympics 2016: Dipa Karmakar, India’s top Olympic gold medal hope, in physio controversy

Rio 2016 Olympics: Dipa Karmakar, who created history by becoming India's first gymnast to qualify for the Olympic Games, got embroiled in an unseemly controversy with the Indian authorities over her physio.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 11, 2016 2:57 PM
Dipa Karmakar, dipa karmakar rio 2016, dipa karmakar rio 2016, dipa karmakar gymnastics, RIO 2016 Olympics, rio 2016 olympics india, rio 2016 olympics medals,india at olympic 2016, rio olympics india news Now, that Dipa has qualified further in Olympics, we find officials running to and fro to fulfill a wish she expressed to Sports Minister Vijay Goel in Rio, while earlier they had termed it ‘wasteful’. (AP)

Rio 2016 Olympics: Dipa Karmakar, who created history by becoming India’s first gymnast to qualify for the Olympic Games, got embroiled in an unseemly controversy with the Indian authorities over her physio. Turns out Dipa Karmakar is injury prone. Also, she has been doing a move that is considered extremely dangerous and one that all gymnasts fear to do as it can get them killed – it is called the Produnova,  ‘the vault of death’. It is named after Russian gymnast Yelena Produnova, who was the first to use it. Now, that Dipa has qualified further in Olympics, we find officials running to and fro to fulfill a wish she expressed to Sports Minister Vijay Goel in Rio, while earlier they had termed it ‘wasteful’.

Since it is so dangerous and can cause horrific injuries, Dipa had requested Sports Authority of India (SAI) to allow her physio Sajad Ahmad to travel with her to the Olympic Games at Rio, just in case there was an emergency or to take care of the daily niggles that keep cropping up in the life of the gymnasts since it is such a high-impact game. These moves  push the athletes to extremes of endurance – both muscle and bone and injuries are common. It is something the gymnasts have to live with, but most end up not attempting to do moves that are too dangerous – for Dipa, that was not an option she could take.

In such a situation, while an official OK should have been a certainty, this did not happen in the case of Dipa. However, an official denied her request by reportedly tagging it as ‘wasteful’. Dipa’s family has revealed that now that Dipa has emerged as a strong contender for a gymnastics medal at the Olympics, officials are willing to do her bidding and are in fact rushing her physio to Rio to ensure she remains fit for her next outing in Rio on August 14.

However, this has not come about merely because of Dipa, her managing to qualify, or even her injury scare. It needed the intervention of Sports Minister Vijay Goel who was in Rio recently and met Dipa there. To a question from Goel asking her if she needed anything, Dipa had requested that her physio be sent over to Rio as soon as possible.

In all fairness to officials, they had denied requests like those of Dipa to all other sportsmen heading for the Olympics too. While there is an Indian physio at the Games, he is supposed to attend to all athletes and may or may not be familiar with every sportsman or sportswoman’s individual requirements!

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    Munna
    Aug 11, 2016 at 5:46 pm
    Shame on indian Govt. That's what my opinion is.
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      bikash
      Aug 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm
      this is media created controversy
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        Anand
        Aug 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm
        Good that the sports minister is doing something. I had never heard any sport minister in congress doing any good. all were scmsters making money in commonwealth games
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          Mahesh
          Aug 11, 2016 at 7:05 pm
          It is a prestigious event and as a country are we holding back these basic needs of the sportsmen to save small pennies? i wonder why sports is not getting the encouragement it needs.
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            noiamnot
            Aug 12, 2016 at 4:50 am
            yeah and they denied it earlier because?? The only real difference these guys know how to market themselves to there fans.
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              Rahul
              Aug 13, 2016 at 2:29 pm
              Indian govt took the right approach.. we can't afford to let all athletes take their personal physio docs to the Olympics.. otherwise there will be another scam to deal with. Only in cases like these with dire risks and injury chances, should it be allowed.
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                Sri
                Aug 11, 2016 at 5:27 pm
                Shame on sports ministry to deny such requests of stars... They risk their life for our hopes to have medal for our county.
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                  Shailendra Narvekar
                  Aug 13, 2016 at 5:16 am
                  we need more encouragement for sports person with infrastructure facility and finance. More insution should rise to make the sports person feel at home and encourage.
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