A book on India’s greatest gymnasts, Dipa Karmakar is doing well in the market.
“Dipa Karmakar: The Small Wonder” has been authored by sports journalists Vimal Mohan, Digvijay Singh Deo and Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi.
The book offers many untold stories of struggle and triumph besides rare archival photos from the Karmakars’ private album as well as competition photos from the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
Dipa barely missed the bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics in her favourite vault event.
But who would believe that Dipa had to even endure physical assault by a gymnast from another state!
Tripura has produced many top gymnasts but the state does not count in the faction ridden Gymnastics Federation of India.
Only after Dipa’s performance at Rio did Bisheswar Nandi get the Dronacharya Award but after backroom manoeuvres by other coaches had been exposed.
Dipa has done well in few recent tournaments after being down with injuries but she is back to full time training.