August 18, 2022
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Dipa Karmakar uncertain about her chances in the Asian Games 2018

Dipa Karmakar uncertain about her chances in the Asian Games 2018
Dipa Karmakar at Rio Olympics.

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar who had to withdraw from the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games following a knee injury said that she is looking forward to give her absolute best and stand on people’s expectation in the upcoming Asian Games.

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She had won a bronze in 2014 edition of CWG but decided to skip the 2018 edition with a knee injury. The gymnast from Agartala has recovered as of now and will be eyeing a medal in Asian games.

“I am absolutely fit, i will try my best to give good performance. I and coach are working hard for the same. We are practicing vault. We are hopeful to perform well and do something good at the Asian Games. Injury is a part and parcel of the sport, especially in Gymnastic. I have recovered well following an injury and now I am concentrating entirely on my practice,” Karmakar quoted to ANI.

Karmakar also talked about why she skipped the Commonwealth Games.

“I did not play in Commonwealth Games because I did not want to risk my injury. I might have bagged the medal, had I participated in the event. However, it was important to recover from my injury first. I did not want to spoil upcoming important events like 2020 Olympic qualification and Asian Games as well as World Championship in 2019 because of one tournament. That is why I withdrew from Commonwealth Games,” she said.

Karmakar was on a verge of creating history but missed on an all important Rio Olympics bronze by a whisker of 0.150 points as American gymnast Simone Biles won her third gold medal. Karamakar admitted that people have had high hopes from her since making a fourth-place finish at the Rio Olympics.

“After making a fourth-place finish at the Olympics, many people have high hopes that I would perform well wherever I go. Now, it is also my responsibility to stand on people’s expectation. I am getting good support. So, I and coach are hoping to give our best,” she said.

Karmakar, however, said that she couldn’t assure anyone of winning a medal in the upcoming Asian Games.

“I can’t assure of clinching a medal. Anything can happen in sports. If I get injured just two minutes prior to the event, then my performance can get affected. But I will try my level best to put a good show,” she said.

The Asian Games is slated to be held from August 18 to September 2 in Indonesia.

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