Dipa looks up to Aliya Mustafina for inspiration

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Dec 2017 10:40:05


Dec 9,


ELITE sportsperson more often than not look for inspiration on their comeback trail from injuries and for Dipa Karmakar, it is Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina, who won four medals at the 2012 London Olympics after being almost down and out with a career-threatening ACL tear.
Mustafina valor and tenacity as she had torn her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) with less than a year in the lead up to the London Olympics but ended up winning as many as four medals.

“Look at Aliya Mustafina. She showed remarkable courage in winning a gold, a silver and two bronze medals in London. Who would have thought of that,” a confident Dipa told PTI during an interaction.When everyone had started writing her off, Mustafina did not crumble and made a comeback at the 2011 Voronin Cup in December. The Russian went on to lead their contingent in all four events at the London qualifiers before bagging four medals at the Olympics.

Much like Mustafina, Dipa also had torn the ACL during training earlier this year and went under the knife as the diminutive Agartala girl looks to achieve what she missed narrowly at Rio Olympics 2016. “I’m absolutely normal, why should I think about what happened due to surgery. It’s does not matter to me anymore. It’s only about practice, practice and more practice,” the ‘Produnova Girl’ said. “I am doing my best to do better than previously. My coach (Bishweshwar Nandi) has chalked out my recovery path and I am continuing my rehab with my physio. I am following steps as was said by Dr Anant Joshi and the SAI has extended a great support,” said

Dipa fit but coach will take CWG call in March

A FIT-AGAIN Dipa Karmakar will join the gymnastics national camp next week but there is an air of uncertainty regarding her participation at the Commonwealth Games as coach Bishweshwar Nandi does not want to rush things.The Dronacharya awardee coach, who is credited with Dipa’s spectacular fourth-place finish in Rio Olympics, said he would take a call only mid-March after seeing his ward’s progress.

Although Nandi has not completely ruled Dipa out of the 2018 Gold Coast event, to be held in April, he feels the Asian Games in August would be a more “realistic target”.
“I will closely monitor her progress but I do not want to rush things. If she is fit she will definitely go to Gold Coast. Achieving fitness is the priority and she has started slowly. It’s 50-50 for Commonwealth Games now,” Nandi told PTI.