Dipa Karmakar returns the car gifted by Sachin Tendulkar
Updated - Oct 12, 2016 6:06 pm
Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar made a lovely gesture when he agreed to present BMW cars to the Rio Olympic medalists. Along with the medalists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, Sachin also presented the car to Dipa Karmakar. Dipa was the first name that took the limelight among the Indian masses in the Olympics.
She had a path-breaking journey in the Olympics where she ended at the 4th place in Gymnastics. She even performed the most dangerous move – the Produnova vault.However, the athlete has now decided to return the car owing to the poor road conditions in her hometown. Dipa took to Twitter to say the same and also thanked Sachin for having made the sweet gesture.
She further thanked the authorities for agreeing to pay the funds for the car. She tweeted, “Very thankful to Sachin sir for gifting me BMW but cannot maintain in tripura, so giving back. Thank you for agreeing to give funds for it.”
Very thankful to Sachin sir for gifting me BMW but cannot maintain in tripura, so giving back. Thank you for agreeing to give funds for it.
— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) October 12, 2016
Her coach Bisheswar Nandi spoke to the TOI Sports about the same. He emphasized on the fact that decision wasn’t entirely made by the family. The roads in her home state Tripura are narrow and weren’t suitable for a car as luxurious as BMW. Also, the absence of service centers for BMW cars in Agartala was a point thought upon.
“It wasn’t Dipa’s decision. Rather it was a collective decision taken by her family and me. There are two main reasons behind it. First, there is no BMW service center in Agartala and secondly, the roads are not suitable to drive a posh car such as this,” quoted Nandi.
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He further informed that they have spoken to the concerned authority to transfer the equivalent funds to her account instead. “We have spoken to the concerned authority and gladly, they have no problems with it. It was also suggested to them that if possible, they transfer the amount equivalent to the value of the car to Dipa’s bank account. And if not, we will be happy with whatever amount they decide,” he said.
The car will now be returned back to the original owner V Chamundeswaranath, president of the Hyderabad Badminton Association.