Agartala : The northeastern state of Tripura is waiting with bated breath for its daughter Dipa Karmakar to appear in the gymnastics vault final of the Rio Olympics today.
Dipa’s family, specially her father Dulal Kamakar, mother Gauri Devi and elder sister Puja are performing special prayersfor her victory.
“We have no tension, but we are fanatically waiting to watch Dipa’s performance in the television. Not only are we, our relatives and neighbours equally enthusiastic and tensed for Dipa,” Dulal Karmakar, a weightlifting coach with the Sports Authority of India, told IANS.
Some local clubs and social activists are organising ‘yagnas’ (special mega puja) for Dipa’s success. “We are organising a big yagna here to pray to almighty so that Dipa wins a medal for the country. If she wins a medal, the entire country would be grateful to her forever,” said social activist Sushanta Chowdhury.
Dipa has already become the toast of the nation by becoming the first woman gymnast to Besides, Dipa is the first Indian gymnast to make the cut for the Olympics in 52 years.
The last time Indians participated in gymnastics at the Olympics was way back in 1964, but at that time, there was no qualification.
COUNTRY GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
United States 21 14 17 52
China 13 10 16 39
Great Britain 8 10 6 24
Germany 8 4 3 15
Japan 7 3 14 24
Australia 6 6 7 19
South Korea 6 3 4 13
Russia 5 9 8 22
France 5 8 5 18
Hungary 5 3 3 11