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).