World Cups cancellation nearly ends Dipa Karmakar and Indian gymnasts’ possibilities of qualifying for Olympics

World Cups cancellation nearly ends Dipa Karmakar and Indian gymnasts’ possibilities of qualifying for Olympics

Doha, Baku and Cottbus had been scheduled to host three World Cups in February-March however the Worldwide Gymnastic Federation (FIG) was pressured to cancel two occasions and postpone one as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

World Cups cancellation almost ends Dipa Karmakar and Indian gymnasts' chances of qualifying for Olympics

File picture of India’s Dipa Karmakar. Reuters

New Delhi: The cancellation of two World Cups, which had been part of the Olympic {qualifications}, has dashed the hopes of Indian gymnasts, together with Dipa Karmakar, to qualify for the Tokyo Video games.

Doha, Baku and Cottbus had been scheduled to host three World Cups in February-March however the Worldwide Gymnastic Federation (FIG) was pressured to cancel two occasions and postpone one as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Karmakar’s coach Bisheswar Nandi is ready for a clearer image to emerge as he nonetheless stays hopeful of the world physique arising with recent dates for the cancelled occasions.

“Just a few World Cup qualifiers have been cancelled, most likely FIG will give recent dates,” Nandi, a Dronacharya awardee, instructed PTI.

“Most likely in April or Could they could consider internet hosting the World Cups, all of it relies on how issues evolve and what FIG decides. We’re ready for a clearer image to emerge,” he added.

Nandi mentioned Karmakar has been getting ready arduous however there aren’t any worldwide competitions left to qualify for the Olympics.

“Dipa is match and coaching arduous. This lengthy break has helped her to regain her health,” he mentioned.

Karmakar has been battling accidents ever since she underwent a surgical procedure to deal with an anterior essential ligament (ACL) harm in 2017. She had aggravated her harm after being pressured to withdraw from the Doha World Cup in 2019. She hasn’t competed in any worldwide occasion since.

In response to Nandi, a gymnast has to realize 90 factors to earn an Olympics berth.

“She has 45 factors now and he or she wants 45 extra to qualify. If the three World Cups are held and he or she is ready to take part then we’re assured of qualifying for Tokyo,” Nandi mentioned.

“She had received bronze in Germany, and reached the finals at Baku, so she bought 30 and 15 factors respectively.”

The world physique has cancelled the World Cup in Cottbus, which was slated to begin on 25 February. The World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan scheduled from 4 March too has been scrapped.

Karmakar had missed the bronze medal by a slender margin, ending fourth within the girls’s vault closing on the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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