Who can be the next Dipa Karmakar of India?
Dipa karmarkar became the first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics, and the first Indian gymnast to do so in 52 years. She attained 4th position in Women’s Vault Gymnastics event of Rio Olympics 2016 with an overall score of 15.066.
Karmakar is one of only five women who have successfully landed the Produnova, the most difficult vault currently performed in women’s gymnastics.
This is a great achievement as per India’s perspective, but what after Dipa? Do we have any plans? Is GFI working on any development programs to create more Dipa?
What plans do GFI have for development of Gymnastics in INDIA?
In past we have seen this happen with Ashish Kumar. An Indian gymnast from Allahabad, who won India’s first-ever medals in gymnastics, in October 2010 at the 2010 Commonwealth Games to become the most successful Indian gymnast in Commonwealth Games history, by winning bronze and silver medals in different gymnastic events. Everyone thought now India will be in each and every gymnastics across the globe. But ground reality, we are still missing on Men’s Gymnastics podium.
The moment of glory created by Dipa and Ashish which could mark as a start of a new era for a much-neglected sport in India, however still continues to get cold shoulders from the very members of the Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI).
Recently 149 athletes participated in the 16th Gymnasiade ISF World Schools Championships 2016 held at Turkey. There was articles in newspaper about the participation but nothing on what happened at the events.
Following girls represented India – Asmita Paul, Bidisha Gayen, Vaidehi Abhay Dewoolkar, Pallavi Dabak, Anushka Mangesh Pawar. This are few girls who are the future propects who can represent India at international level. Is GFI tracking the current performance of such talents?
GFI does not even have a proper working website to showcase our players’ achievements. Always GFI website: www.gfi-gymnastics.org is down for some or the other reasons. No one at GFI is bothered about looking in promoting gymnastics at grass root level.
Right said by a foreign coach in 2010:
“India need a professional federation. GFI just does not have any knowledge of the sport. It is an useless organisation,”
Future of Gymnastics Bright in India, Says Dipa Karmakar
Yes it will be bright if changes are made at GFI Level. The Two groups fighting for control of the Gymnastics Federation of India should end their fight for the better future of Indian Gymnastics.
Set new goals for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Create a long term plan. Participate in all International events, let our top gymnasts get an international exposure and chance to increase their global ranking.
Yes we are a great nation and has ability to do it.
Best of luck to all gymnasts for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.