The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has cleared Dipa Karmakar’s participation in the two upcoming World Cups at Baku and Doha respectively on Tuesday. It has also asked the gymnastics federation to conduct trials for men.
In a letter to the Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI), the Sports Authority of India approved Dipa and her personal coach Bisweswar Nandi’s participation at FIG (Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique) World Cups.
The World Cup at Baku, Azerbaijan is to be held from March 14 to March 17 while the World Cup at Doha, Qatar is to be held from March 20 to March 23.
The Gymnastic Federation of India had approved Dipa’s participation for the back to back World Cups but clearance was pending with the event beginning in less than two weeks time.
“The body achieves, what the mind believes.”
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“On taking notice of the pendency of clearance of Gymnastics team for the World Cups, SAI acted swiftly and immediately approved for clearance of the contingent for the Olympic Qualification World Cup events,” Riyaz Bhati, vice-president of GFI said.
“Now the gymnasts are clear in their mind and can focus exclusively on their training and preparation,” he added.
Trials for Men’s event
The Federation had also sent the entries of Yogeshwar Singh and Ashish Kumar in the men’s artistic event in Doha. However, SAI has asked GFI to conduct a selection trial for men gymnasts for the Doha World Cup where two gymnasts will be selected to compete in the Floor and Vault events respectively.
Apart from Ashish and Yogeshwar, there will be a number of other gymnasts participating in the trials. The selection is likely to be conducted on March 11.
In a controversy earlier, Bhati, who was selected by GFI to accompany the delegation at the two events, had earlier claimed that SAI Project Manager Rajinder Pathania is not clearing the team because he wants to go for the two events.
SAI then had a meeting with Bhati on Tuesday before clearing the tours for the two Olympic qualifiers for the Tokyo Games.
Dipa, who finished fourth at the Rio Olympics, had clinched the bronze medal at World Cup at Cottbus, Germany last year.
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