Dipa Karmakar to resume training after a week, says personal coach

An MRI scan done on the Indian gymnast “has come out to be clean,” says Bisweswar Nandi.

Dipa Karmakar had felt a jerk on her right knee during podium practice at the Asian Games.   -  PTI

After completing her rehabilitation, India’s Dipa Karmakar will resume her training next week for the World Championships in Doha. The gymnast had pulled out of the artistic team finals at the Asian Games after feeling a jerk on her right knee during podium practice. She participated in the balance beam final, however, finishing fifth.

The 25-year-old from Agartala returned to India last week with her coach Bisweswar Nandi, and underwent an MRI scan.

‘Nothing serious’

“Her MRI has come out to be clean. We had consulted Dr. Anant Joshi, who had operated her last year. We came back to Agartala on August 28. She has started her physiotherapy sessions and I feel she can resume her training after a week,” Nandi told PTI.

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“The World Championship is in Doha (from October 25 to November 5), so we will be going to Delhi during September 18-20. She is fine, there is nothing serious. We have got her physio from Srinagar,” he added.

‘Celebrity’

They weren’t charged any fee by the clinic (Mahajan Imaging, in New Delhi) where she got her MRI scan done, admitted Nandi. “The staff of the clinic treated Dipa like a celebrity. The owner came to meet Dipa and refused to charge for the MRI,” Nandi said.

Dipa, who had finished fourth in her participating discipline at the Rio Olympics, was out of action for two years due to a career-threatening knee injury. She could not recover well in time to take part in the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast earlier this year. She won gold at the World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey —. her first event after undergoing an anterior curiae ligament surgery in Mumbai last year.