Dipa Karmakar’s Tokyo qualification hopes hit after occasions cancelled


New Delhi, February 26

The cancellation of two World Cups, which were a part of the Olympics qualifications, has dashed the hopes of Indian gymnasts, including Dipa Karmakar, to qualify for the Tokyo Games.

Doha, Baku and Cottbus were scheduled to host three World Cups in February-March but the International Gymnastic Federation (FIG) was forced to cancel two events and postpone one due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Karmakar’s coach Bisheswar Nandi is waiting for a clearer picture to emerge as he still remains hopeful of the world body coming up with fresh dates for the cancelled events. “A few World Cup qualifiers have been cancelled, probably FIG will give fresh dates,” Nandi said.

“Probably in April or May they might think of hosting the World Cups, it all depends on how things evolve and what FIG decides. We are waiting for a clearer picture to emerge,” he added.

Nandi said Karmakar has been preparing hard but there are no international competitions left to qualify for the Olympics. “Dipa is fit and training hard. This long break has helped her to regain her fitness,” he said.

According to Nandi, a gymnast has to achieve 90 points to earn an Olympics berth. “She has 45 points now,” Nandi said. — PTI



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