Ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the women’s vault event at the Rio Olympics 2016, will hand over a BMW car presented to her by Hyderabad District Badminton Association.
According to reports, Dipa and her family, who live in Agartala, are facing issues in maintaining the gift, the gymnast received from Sachin Tendulkar. The reason being that the roads in the capital of Tripura are very narrow and in bad shape, which could invite a lot of repair costs.
Dipa, however, strongly refuted media reports that she wants to return the BMW car to Hyderabad District Badminton Association, President V. Chamundeshwarnath, who gifted her the BMW. The star gymnast insisted that her decision to return the premier vehicle is only due to maintenance problems that she envisaged facing in her north-eastern state of Tripura.
“There is no showroom or service centre of BMW car in Tripura. If the car developed any technical snag during driving, how would I repair this? There are also not sufficient suitable roads in Agartala and other places of the mountainous state to ply the luxury car,” Dipa told IANS.
“Sir (her coach Bisheshwar Nandi) discussed these matters with V. Chamundeshwarnath. He agreed to deposit money equal to a BMW car cost to my bank account. We would be happy whatever amount they give instead of the BMW car,” she added.
“I am now keeping my focus and preparing for the Challengers’ Cup in Germany, which is only a month away. I was advised by my coach not to worry about maintaining the expensive gift and focus on the future challenges to come,” Dipa remarked.
In August, batting legend and India’s goodwill ambassador at the Rio Olympics, Sachin Tendulkar, handed over the keys of the car, made by German automaker BMW Group to Dipa.