Has gymnastics anything to do with circus, I was asked: Dipa Karmakar

Dipa, who finished fourth in the Rio Olympic Games, has made gymnastics popular in India due to her feats.

Published: 17th September 2016 11:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2016 11:10 PM   |  A+A-


Gymnast Dipa Karmakar is welcomed upon her arrival at IGI airport in New Delhi on Thursday. Dipa Karmakar has become the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics. | PTI


NEW DELHI: India woman gymnast Dipa Karmakar on Saturday recollected that people often asked her whether her sport has anything to do with circus.

Dipa, who finished fourth in the Rio Olympic Games, has made gymnastics popular in India due to her feats.

"People used to ask me what is gymnastics, is it something to do with the circus? And when I made it to the Olympics, there was a lot of pressure to get a medal," Dipa said at NDTV Youth for Change programme.

"But I just forgot all of that and tried to give my best," the 22-year-old girl from Tripura added.

Wrestler Sakshi Malik, who got a bronze medal at the Rio Games, is also enjoying the adulation coming her way.

"Life has definitely changed after the medal. I had gone alone and when I came back I found the whole country with me. Being made to feel very special," said Sakshi.

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