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Rio Olympic star Dipa Karmarkar returns BMW presented by Sachin Tendulkar
30.12.16 - TEAM PT
Rio Olympic star Dipa Karmarkar returns BMW presented by Sachin Tendulkar



 India's lone gymnast Dipa Karmarkar, who finished fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has returned the BMW handed over to her by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar. The luxurious car was presented to the 22-year-old for her incredible performance at the Olympics, despite not winning a medal.

While Sachin did the honours, it was actually Hyderabad District Badminton Association that presented the cars to Dipa, silver Olympic medallist PV Sindhu, bronze Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik and Sindhu's coach Pullela Gopichand amidst much fanfare at a function in Hyderabad in August.
 
Karmakar, who rose to stardom after becoming the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympic finals, had expressed desire to return the luxury car following maintenance cost and the situation of roads in hometown of Agartala, which also didn’t have a service center for her car.
 
Dipa received around Rs 25 lakhs in exchange of the luxurious car. Karmarkar bought a car and she would use the rest of the money in her training.

Dipa's coach Bisweshwar Nandi confirmed the news stating, "Considering her situation, Dipa was given cash amounting to Rs. 25 lakh. Her family bought a car recently, and it was a brand that has a service center in Agartala.” 
 
The gymnast has reportedly bought a Hyundai Elantra and will be using the remaining part of the money received for her training purposes.
 
Dipa is the first Indian gymnast to compete in Olympics in 52 years. She is one of the few gymnasts in the world who have perform the Produnova( vault of death).




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Maxwell fined for disrespectful remarks against Matthew Wade
03.12.16 - TEAM PT
Maxwell fined for disrespectful remarks against Matthew Wade



Maxwell on Saturday was fined an undisclosed sum by the Australian team leadership for his dig at Victorian captain and national one-day teammate Matthew Wade.

Australian skipper Steve Smith confirmed the explosive allrounder had been reprimanded after this week describing as "painful" being forced to bat below wicketkeeper Wade in the Bushrangers' batting order during recent Sheffield Shield matches.
 
Australia coach Darren Lehmann said on Friday he would speak to power-hitting Maxwell to try to resolve the issue and on Saturday Smith said the players had decided to take action.

"Everyone was disappointed in his comments, I’ve expressed that with him myself and spoke to the team,” Smith told reporters.
 
"I thought what he said was very disrespectful to a team mate and his Victorian captain. The leadership group got together and we decided to fine Glenn. We thought that was a sufficient punishment.”
 
The skipper also said that Maxwell is upset with this whole development but he is trying to focus on his game against the Kiwis.

"He was "shattered" when he heard his punishment. I don't think he (Maxwell) thought the words came out the way they actually did," Smith said.

"We've moved on from that now. We've fined him and expressed our disappointment towards what he said and moving on and trying to focus on this game tomorrow," the skipper added.
 
Maxwell will still be considered for Sunday’s series opener at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"He’s available for selection and obviously the selectors will weigh up what they think is the best team for tomorrow,” Smith added. 

Maxwell received support from retired quick Mitchell Johnson who tweeted: "A fine, really!! Should be batting in front of a wicketkeeper considering he is a batsman. He was only being honest right??"

The fine was meted out by the Australian team itself, not team management or Cricket Australia.

Maxwell made the comments after he was made to twice come in below Wade at No.6 in the Victorian batting order during Shield clashes last month with Queensland and NSW.

He said it had affected his chances of being selected for the recent Adelaide Test, however coach Darren Lehmann on Friday said he was never in contention and needed to score more runs.
 
Although undoubtedly a hugely talented batsman, Maxwell has struggled for runs and failed to nail down a spot in the Australia team over the last year, missing the series against Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Australia are ranked number one in the world in the 50-over format but, after being swept 5-0 in South Africa, have plenty to prove in the series against New Zealand, which also includes matches in Canberra and Melbourne.




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