Top Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar has decided to opt out of the 2018 Commonwealth Games to avoid any further risk to a knee injury that she had suffered last year. She now wants to fully recover till the Asian Games in August. Though still in the recovery phase, it was her coach who advised her to rest to avoid any further damage to her knee.
Dipa’s ailing Knee Injury
Dipa Karmakar had to undergo an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery in April last year, and has been out of action since then.
“I had suffered a knee injury. It has been just a year to the surgery. So my coach [Bishweshwar Nandi] has taken the decision of me not participating in the 2018 Commonwealth Games to avoid any further risk,” Karmakar said.
She further added, “I have not yet attained the performance level I was supposed to reach because I have been to rehab for nine months since the injury.”
The 24-year-old informed that her next target is the Asian Games to be held from August 18 in Indonesia.
“This phase comes in every player’s life. My coach’s decision is my decision,” she expressed.
Coach wants the knee injury to cool down
Coach Bishweshwar Nandi said Karmakar is physically fit, but needs to enhance her performance.
Nandi said, “Dipa is fit physically, but it has been just one-and-half-months that she has started her practice. It will still need four to five months more to achieve her performance level. So, it would be better if we go in the competition with that performance level.”
“If she participates in the Commonwealth Games now, it would be a decision taken in haste because if Dipa sustains another injury, she will be out of gymnastics. So, I am now preparing her for the Asian Games,” he added.
Asked who will be the medal contender in gymnastics in the absence of Karmakar, he said, “We have Ashish Kumar and Rakesh Patra in boys and Aruna Reddy and Pranati Das as female contenders. So, we will have at least a hat trick in gymnastics in the Commonwealth Games.”
Karmakar won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Asian Championships, becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the Games.
She is one of the only five women who have successfully landed the ‘Produnova’, which is regarded as the most difficult vault currently performed in women’s gymnastics.
Before the Knee injury…
Karmakar, the first Indian female to compete in the Olympics where she finished a historic fourth in the women’s vault at the 2016 Rio Games, opted out of the CWG trials taking place at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.
The Gold Coast Games take place from April 4-15. “She is fit but needs more time to be competition-ready. I would not call it a setback and she has taken it very sportingly,” added the coach.