Dipa Karmakar added another feather to her cap and got a major boost to her confidence ahead of the Rio Olympics when she was bestowed with the distinction of 'Gymnaste de Classe Mondaile', or 'World Class Gymnast' by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) on Wednesday.
Karmakar, who recently became the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, has been awarded the honour for her performances in the Gymnastics World Championships held in Glasgow in October-November 2015. The gymnast from Tripura received a letter from the world governing body on Wednesday which confirmed the same.
Karmakar will also receive a gold pin from FIG, which is worn by the gymnasts who have been bestowed with the honour, and she will be wearing the same during her events in the upcoming Olympics, as per a report in The Indian Express.
BS Nandy, Karmakar's coach, was thrilled to hear the news, although he was adamant that they would not celebrate until his ward conquered the bigger task in Rio.
“I was happy and emotional when she qualified for Rio, today I am proud. It’s like whole of India’s good wishes are with this girl.
"She asked me if she should throw a party for her gymnastics friends. I told her Chup raho, pehle Olympics ho jaane do! Bahot kaam pada hai (Be quiet! Let the Olympics take place first! We have a lot of work left)," Nandy was quoted as saying in the report.
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Dipa, who has the chance of becoming the first ever Olympic medal-winning Indian gymnast in the upcoming games, was over the moon after being given the honour.
"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 was quoted in The Hindu.