first_imgPoliticians, sportspersons hail gymnast for Turkey achievementAgartala, July 12 (PTI) Accolades have been pouring infor Tripura’s ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who recently clinchedgold in Turkey, with state Sports Minister Manoj Kanti Debtoday thanking the athlete for bringing laurels to the state.Karmakar is an inspiration, the youth should look upto her, Deb said.”I congratulate her for the remarkable achievement andwish her well for future achievements. She is our youth icon.I would like to thank her for bringing laurel to the state andour country,” he told PTI.After a lull of two years owing to a knee injury, DipaKarmakar returned to the world stage with a bang. The24-year-old gymnast won the yellow metal on Sunday at awomen’s vault event at FIG Artistic Gymnastics World ChallengeCup in Mersin, Turkey.Sunil Deodhar, Tripura BJP in-charge, said sheexpected Karmakar to bring more home more awards from theupcoming Asian Games.As a part of ‘Sampark Se Samarthan programme’ of theBJP, Deodhar met the gymnast yesterday at Indira GandhiStadium, Delhi.”She’s made a remarkable comeback after a gap of 2years due to an injury. During the meeting yesterday, Karmakarthanked the people of Tripura for supporting her when shewasdown with the injury,” a statement issued by Deodhar’s officesaid here today.Mantu Debnath, an Arjuna awardee and firstinternational gymnast from the state, also greeted Karmakarfor her achievement in Turkey.”I am proud of her. She could do, what most of uscould not,” Debnath told PTI.advertisementNotwithstanding the lack of infrastructure in thestate, Karmakar has walked her way to glory, he said.”Three gymnasts in the state – I, Dipa and KalpanaDebnath got Arjuna awards despite poor infrastructure. Thereis no foam pit in the state till date, which is an importantrequirement for a gymnast. I wish her well for the comingAsian Games competition,” he added.Earlier this week, the general secretary of the BJP’sstate unit, Pratima Bhowmika, said the party would ask thestate government to declare Karmakar as the “brand ambassador”of Tripura. PTI JOYRMS RMS RMSlast_img

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