Kolkata: Gymnast Dipa Karmakar during a felicitation program in Kolkata on Monday. PTI Photo by Ashok Bhaumik  (PTI9_19_2016_000094B)
Kolkata: Gymnast Dipa Karmakar during a felicitation program in Kolkata on Monday. PTI Photo by Ashok Bhaumik (PTI9_19_2016_000094B)

Kolkata : Trail-blazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi on Monday said the lack of a team manager at the Rio Olympics was a problem.

“We faced a little difficulty. Local support staff is needed,” Nandi told reporters at an event here. “Most of the people there (in Rio de Janeiro) do not know English. We had a lot of problems making them understand what we needed. Also after practice, there are lot of things that needed to be taken care of. A team manager would have certainly helped as I had to do the mopping up part,” added the Dronacharya award winner.

Nandi, under whose tutelage Dipa became the first Indian women gymnast to finish fourth in an Olympics vaults final, refused to project not having a team manager as an excuse for Dipa missing out on a podium finish.

“A medal win depends on the performance. There is no other reason. I cannot say we did not have a team manager so we failed to win a medal,” he said.

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