Can’t say anything about Dipa Karmakar’s Olympics participation: Coach Bisweswar Nandi

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 16:05 IST (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDipa’s rehabilitation after a knee injury has been taking longer than usualDipa had missed the Asian Championships in Mongolia last monthDipa aggravated her knee injury while participating in the Baku World Cup in MarchAce gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s rehabilitation will take more time, said her coach Bisweswar Nandi casting a long shadow over her participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”Dipa’s rehabilitation is still going on and it will go on for some time now,” Nandi told IANS on Monday.Dipa’s rehabilitation after a knee injury has been taking longer than usual and that forced her out of the Asian Championships which took place in Mongolia last month, where Pranati Nayak clinched a bronze medal in vault event.”We cannot do anything right now. We will act according to doctor’s advice. I won’t risk her unless she is completely fine. Once she is fine, I will consult the doctor and the physio,” Nandi conceded.The Tripura girl, who missed out on a medal by a whisker at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will now face an uphill task to be ready in time for the World Championships in Germany, starting October 4-13, which will serve as the qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics.Asked about a timeline as to when she can return to action with the Olympics less than one year to go, Nandi sounded non-committal.”I can’t say anything about her Olympics participation at the moment. It won’t be fair for me to comment. I need to talk to the doctor first.”I cannot tell you when she will return, I cannot give a tentative timeline. Like I said, her rehabilitation is still going on and it will go on.”Nandi remained hopeful of a comeback, nonetheless.advertisement”But one thing I can tell you, we haven’t lost hope yet. Now it all depends on the condition of her feet, doctor and physio. Even if there is one percent pain, we won’t risk her,” he added.For gymnasts to seal an Olympics berth, the qualification system comprises eight World Cups. The top three in these events make the cut.Dipa aggravated her knee injury while participating in the Baku World Cup in March. She has been recovering since then and could not take part in the World Cup in Doha, losing crucial ranking points in the process.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Dipa KarmakarFollow 2020 Tokyo OlympicsFollow Bisweswar Nandi Can’t say anything about Dipa Karmakar’s Olympics participation: Coach Bisweswar NandiDipa Karmakar had missed out on a medal by a whisker at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and will now face an uphill task to be ready in time for the World Championships in Germany, starting October 4-13.advertisement Nextlast_img read more