Commonwealth Games 2018: Dipa Karmakar pulls out of trials for Gold Coast event
India's star gymnast Dipa Karmakar has decided to pull out of the trials held for the upcoming 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, which got underway in New Delhi, on Monday.
Dipa, who has been suffering from a knee injury, underwent surgery last year and has not competed in tournaments since. With the Indian gymnastics contingent for the Commonwealth Games set to be decided this week, Dipa's participation in the tournament now seems to have come under a shadow of a doubt.
Dipa's coach Bisweshwar Nandi confirmed to Sportskeeda that the gymnast has decided to pull out of the trials.
"We could have sent her to the trial, but she is not back to full fitness as of yet. She has started practising, but it's just been a month or so," he said.
Nandi, who coached Dipa to bronze medal finishes Commonwealth and Asian Games in 2014, however, said that a final call on the gymnast's participation in the Commonwealth Games will only be taken at a later stage.
"We aren’t rushing things as of yet. The Commonwealth Games start from April, so we will monitor her condition till then and take a call ahead of that," said Bisweshwar.
Dipa Karmakar shot to fame four years back at the Commonwealth Games, where she clinched the bronze medal in the vault event. This medal made her the first female gymnast from India to make a podium finish at CWG. the gymnast, who hails from Tripura, further went on to follow that up with another bronze at the Asian Games the same year.
Post her victories in 2014, Dipa went on to create more history as she became the first Indian gymnast in 52 years, to make it to the Olympics when she qualified for Rio 2016. She further went on to amaze the fans worldwide, as she finished just one place short of another bronze.