Gymnast Dipa to return BMW, thanks to bad roads

Primepost Bureau

Hyderabad: This is a classic case of how acts of munificence can turn into a burden that forces the recipients to return the gifts with gratitude. Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who missed an Olympic medal by a whisker but wowed the world in general and India in particular, with her risky Produnova vault at Rio, is reported to have decided to return a BMW car presented to her for high-octane performance.

Dipa is one of the four recipients of luxury cars given away by the president of the Hyderabad Badminton Association V Chamundeswaranath. The others are: Olympic badminton silver medalist PV Sindhu, bronze winner wrestler Sakshi Malik and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand.

The high-end vehicles were presented to the super four on April 28 by none other than the cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in Hyderabad. The Tripura girl Dipa Karmakar and her family live in Agartala, which is a small town by city standards. Dipa, obviously, has found driving a BMW on narrow pot-holed streets is more difficult than performing a Produnova.

So, now, she has decided to return the car to its original owner, according to press reports. She is also facing other difficulties such as lack of a BMW service centre in Agartala; high maintenance and repair costs, among others. Moreover, she has to focus on her next competition Challengers’ Cup scheduled for November in Germany.

The consensus among Dipa’s family members and the sane advice of her coach Bishewar Nandi is to return the BMW to Hyderabad Badminton Association which has agreed to take it back. According to the reports, a suggestion has been made that an amount equivalent to car price or whatever amount the HBA would like to pay can be deposited in her bank account.

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