Agartala roads too narrow for BMWs, Dipa Karmakar set to return luxury car gifted to her

first_imgIt was a moment of pride for Agartala and the country to see Dipa Karmakar’s spectacular performance in the Rio Olympics 2016. Such was the inspiration and admiration she invoked that many wanted to pay tribute to her hardwork and sacrifices she had gone through.One such person, V Chamundeswaranath, president of the Hyderabad Badminton Association, had roped in Sachin Tendulkar to present Karmakar as well as the two medallists from India – Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu – with BMWs in September.However, Times of India reported that Karmakar, who is currently preparing for next month’s Challengers Cup that will take place in Germany, is now planning to return her posh car. The reason for the return of the posh gift is that Agartala’s roads are in such a poor state that the Karmakar family could not bear its maintenance cost. (Rio 2016: Perfect produnova was satisfying, Dipa Karmakar to India Today)Bisheswar Nandi, her coach, said, “It wasn’t Dipa’s decision. Rather it was a collective decision taken by her family and me. We have spoken to the Hyderabad Badminton Association about the issue. It was also suggested to them that if possible, they transfer the amount equivalent to the value of the car to Dipa’s bank account. And if not, we will be happy with whatever amount they decide.”Nandi added that there is not a single BMW service centre in the city and that the roads are so narrow that they are not suitable to drive a car like BMW. (Sachin Tendulkar did not buy BMW cars for India’s Rio heroes. This guy did)advertisementDelivering a stellar performance, Dipa scored 15.066 to finish fourth out of world’s top eight women gymnasts in the vault finals. She may have missed out on a medal by 0.150 points, but she has won the hearts of millions across India.Maintaining such a posh car in city like Agartala will be difficult; have asked for money instead: Dipa Karmakar’s father on returning BMW pic.twitter.com/RcdIFsp6kW ANI (@ANI_news) October 12, 2016last_img

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