Dipa Karmakar’s qualification to final sparks euphoria in native Tripura
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s parents in Tripura are overjoyed over their daughter making it to the Olympic final, the first Indian woman ever to do so, and are praying for her victory at the final.
Her father, a former Sports Authority of India coach in weightlifting, and mother will perform a special puja to pray for her victory on Tuesday, when Dipa turns 23.
“This exciting news of Dipa’s qualification for the Olympic final has not only stirred us but will cheer every Indian, and especially the people of Tripura,” Dipa’s father Dulal Karmakar told IANS.
Dipa Karmakar made the entire country proud as she scripted history to become the first Indian woman gymnast and the first Indian gymnast to enter the Olympic finals at the 31st Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Besides being the first Indian woman, she is the first Indian gymnast qualified for the quadrennial extravaganza after a gap of 52 long years.
The last time Indians participated in gymnastics in Olympics was way back in 1964, but during that time there was no qualification system in place. Six men competed at Tokyo 1964 in the artistic individual all-around category.
Till date, 11 Indian men gymnasts have competed in the Olympics — two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964.