Regaining Fitness will be my new focus: Dipa Karmakar

Dipa Karmakar achievements

Indian gymnast, Dipa Karmakar is ”very happy” to be able to resume her training and said that her main focus will be to find her old rythm back.

I am very happy that gyms have reopened. I want to thank the State government and the Central government and also the Tripura Sports Council because they gave us the opportunity to train,” Karmakar told ANI.

Gymnast is a kind of sport for which you cannot miss training for even a week. But during the coronavirus lockdown, I did online coaching to maintain my fitness. I am trying to regain my form,” she added.

Given that most of the sporting activities have come to a halt due to ongoing pandemic, it is not just the players who got affected but the livelihood of people who are daily wage workers for e.g Groundsman, Line-staff has also been impacted to a great extent.

The biggest challenge for all the sports athletes will be to regain the lost form that they had before the pandemic. Especially all the athletes who were preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which has now been scheduled from July 23 to August 8, 2021 due to COVID-19.

She is assured that it will be difficult for players to regain their fitness post-pandemic but slowly and steadily they will regain their original form.

Coronavirus impacted sports a lot and even Tokyo Olympics has been postponed. But I am sure things will get back to normal,” she concluded.

She represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics. She attained the th position in the Women’s Vault Gymnastics event at Rio with an overall score of 15.066.

She was awarded with India’s fourth-highest civilian honour Padma Shri and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2016 for her outstanding performance in Rio Olympics.