India could not do much in Rio Olympics 2016 last year, winning just 2 medals. More was expected from the 118-member contingent that went to Rio. However, there were many positives that came out of the grand event. One of them was the success of Dipa Karmakar, the first women gymnast from the country, who finished at 4th position in the finals of the competition.
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Talking to Sportswallah on the occasion of The Times of India Sports awards, she spoke on how life still remains the same for her after the Olympics success. She said, “I don’t think so that my life has changed after the success in Rio Olympics.” She added that the best thing that has happened after her success is that gymnastics has been recognised in India as a sport. She said, “Yes, those people who did not know about Gymnastics, now know that there is a sport like this existing in the country. I am glad that everyone now knows my state Tripura because of my success. I am happy that I could bring Tripura on world map.”
Dipa further said that the government is doing everything to build good sports infrastructure in her state. She said, “When I started at a young age , I faced different problems while pursuing the sport. For the first 8 -9 years I faced problems. In 2011, everything was sorted when the government of India gave international equipment to us to practice. I am happy that after Rio Olympics, sport development is taking place at a massive scale. In Tripura, a government gym is being constructed, stadium is being developed. I would just urge students to do a lot of hardwork and make the country proud.”
Dipa, undoubtedly, has been an inspiration for not only a billion people, but more importantly she has opened the minds of those people who think women cannot do much in sports.