Dipa Karmakar received a major psychological boost ahead of her campaign in the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when she was named a ‘Gymnaste de Classe Mondaile’ (World class gymnast) by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).
Dipa had, only a few months ago, become the first Indian woman gymnast to make it to the Olympics.
Dipa, who is in the final stages of her preparation for the Olympics under the supervision of her coach Bisweshwar Nandi, received the official letter confirming the distinction from FIG on Tuesday night.
The letter of distinction also carries a special badge, which she will be carrying during the Olympics.
FIG decided to honour her following her fine performance in the World artistic gymnastics championships, held in Glasgow between October 24 and November 1, 2015. Dipa finished fifth in her favourite vault event in Glasgow before bettering her performance in an event in Rio in April this year to ensure the Olympic berth.
The recognition, which gives credence to the 22-year-old’s hopes of winning the first Olympic gymnastics medal for the country, was received gleefully by Dipa. “This is a great honour for me. It proves the efforts and hard work I have been putting in over the years are in the right direction,” Dipa told The Hindu.
“This distinction will also raise expectations of my countrymen and I am looking to justify that in the big event,” she added.
These days Dipa is putting in eight hours of training under Nandi at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi. “This recognition comes at the right time and I am sure it will make her mentally strong and better her confidence before the Olympics,” Nandi said.
According to Nandi, the distinction and the prestigious badge will be handed over to Dipa at a special function in the next few days.