A rousing welcome for Tripura’s star

August 05, 2014 10:06 am | Updated 10:06 am IST - Agartala:

HOMECOMING: Commonwealth Games 2014 bronze medalist Dipa Karmakarbeing given a grand welcome in Agartala on Monday.

HOMECOMING: Commonwealth Games 2014 bronze medalist Dipa Karmakarbeing given a grand welcome in Agartala on Monday.

Dipa Karmakar who became first Indian woman gymnast to win a medal in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games has set an eye on the forthcoming Asian Games. Her coach for 14 years Biswasar Nandi said he has a dream to see her winning Gold in next Olympic.

Ms. Dipa and Mr. Biswasar were given a rousing welcome in Agartala to mark their homecoming on Monday.

The greetings started from the Airport where hundreds of sports enthusiasts, officials and common people assembled in the morning.

Tripura government organised a reception for Ms. Dipa who won bronze in women’s vault. From airport she was taken for a road show in an open jeep escorted by a few hundred motorbikes.

School children, traders and people of all sections lined up on both sides of her show route in the city. She was taken to Umakata Mini Stadium for an official felicitation function.

Delighted over the welcome and affection of people she thanked everyone concerned for the support she received as a gymnast. Convincingly she said she has set an eye on the Asiad to do better and make Tripura as well as India proud.

A tearful Biswasar Nandi who took charge as a Coach when she was just 6 said Ms. Dipa would fulfil his dream by winning Gold Medal in next Olympic. Mr. Nandi was also a national Gymnast and winner of Arjuna award.

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