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Gymnast Dipa Karmakar aims to knock off World Champion Simone Biles off her pedestal in Vault

Dipa's coach Nandi is plotting a half-turn vault with an eye on Tokyo 2020

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Dipa Karmakar. Image source: Wikimedia
  • Gymnast Dipa Karmakar who finished fourth aims to beat US sensation Biles next time
  • Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee gave Dipa a gold crown as promised by the organisers earlier this week
  • Dipa said Indian coaches are better than foreign counterparts citing the example of Pullela Gopichand who coached P.V. Sindhu

Sept 18, 2016: Gymnast Dipa Karmakar who has been the talk of the nation since she finished fourth in the Rio Olympics this year has now announced that her next aim is to knock off world champion Simone Biles off her pedestal.

“Simone Biles is the best. My aim is to beat her. I am preparing in such a way that even if I cannot get the better of her, I end up with a silver,” said Dipa. Biles claimed the gold medal in the women’s vault — the event which saw Dipa miss out on the bronze medal at Rio.

“The response she has been getting from across the country has floored us. I have vowed to myself that I won’t rest until she wins a medal in Tokyo (Olympics in 2020),” coach Bishweshwar Nandi said in his speech.

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Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee gave Dipa a gold crown as promised by the organisers earlier this week. Among others present were former East Bengal coach Biswajit Bhattacharya and Bengal’s Ranji Trophy winning captain Sambaran Banerjee.

“I was happy with my finish until I came to my room. When I got to know the reaction of the entire country, the feeling of disappointment set in. If only I could win a medal, I could have gifted the country and all my fellow Bengalis something,” added the 23-year old Tripura girl.

At a press gathering later, Dipa said Indian coaches are better than foreign counterparts citing the example of Pullela Gopichand who coached P.V. Sindhu to a silver medal in badminton at Rio.”I have an Indian coach who I owe everything whatever I am today. Sindhu was also under an Indian coach and so was Sakshi. Both have won medals for the country. I think an Indian coach is always better,” she reckoned.

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According to reports, coach Nandi is plotting a half-turn vault with an eye on Tokyo 2020. Quizzed about that, he preferred to beat around the bush: “Everyone wants a vault that he or she can master and is his or her identity. I have been working on something similar. Let’s see what happens.”

Dipa will be in the city on Monday as well where she will first visit Bhowanipore Football Club followed by a programme at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce. (IANS)

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Five-time World Champion boxer Mary Kom to return to 48 kg Weight Category, as it is likely to be included in Tokyo Olympics in 2020

The star boxer from Manipur had won all her world titles in women's 48kg division but had moved up to the women's 51kg category in order to compete at the Olympics

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Guwahati, Dec 09, 2016: Five-time World Champion boxer M.C. Mary Kom asserted on Friday that she aims to return to the 48 kg weight category amid speculation that it could be included in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The star boxer from Manipur had won all her world titles in women’s 48kg division but had moved up to the women’s 51kg category in order to compete at the Olympics.

She had taken a bronze in her new weight class at the 2012 London Olympics but went empty handed at the Rio Olympics earlier this year.

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But with the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) reportedly thinking about including the 48kg division in the Tokyo Games, Mary is hoping to win an Olympic medal of a better hue.

“Yes, I am planning to go back to the 48kg weight category. I am back as this is my real and original weight (category) in which I am fit to,” Mary told IANS on Friday.

The 33-year-old asserted that she is looking forward to recapturing her old form in the 48kg category and is aiming for glory at the Tokyo Olympics.

“I will see. I am still very much fit and will be in the camp very soon,” she said. (IANS)

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Gymnast Dipa Karmakar is the most inspiring Indian woman: Survey

The survey was conducted online with over 12,500 responses from Indians (married and unmarried) with ages ranging from 23 to 30 years

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Dipa Karmakar. Image source: Wikimedia

NEW DELHI, September 2, 2016: According to the latest survey done by Shaadi.com, Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who impressed everyone with her performance in Rio Olympics, is the most inspiring Indian woman.

The matchmaking service recently conducted a survey to understand the definition of success for millennials. The survey was conducted online with over 12,500 responses from Indians (married and unmarried) with ages ranging from 23 to 30 years, according to a statement.

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When millennials were asked about “Which Indian woman inspires them the most” in the recent past, 33.7 percent said Karmakar, followed by 27.4 percent who said wrestler Sakshi Malik, 27.1 percent said shuttler P.V. Sindhu and 6.2 percent said, Arundhati Bhattacharya.

And when asked about the “Most Engaging Woman on Social Media”, 36.3 percent voted for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, followed by 31.2 percent for actress Priyanka Chopra and 17.4 per cent for tennis star Sania Mirza.

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Gourav Rakshit, CEO, Shaadi.com said: “The overall takeaway from this survey is that this generation values the idea of a ‘dream’. People who found success against all odds inspire them.”  (IANS)

One response to “Gymnast Dipa Karmakar is the most inspiring Indian woman: Survey”

  1. No matter how much progressive our nation has become, the Indian woman still struggles to justify its existence in our country. So, a success story like that of Dipa Karmakar is something that every Indian can relate to and be proud of. Hence, yes Dipa Karmakar is the ideal inspiration for the young generation.

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Sexist, Bigotry tweets by Celebrities garner media attention during Rio Olympics 2016

Compilation of Indian celebs who got trolled hard on twitter for their nightmarish tweets on female Olympians and remained the click bait’s favorite for the longest time

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  • Compilation of sexist, bigotry tweets by people of significance garners media attention during the summer Olympics 
  • Shobhaa De remarks on athletes taking selfies while Sanal, while an independent director eats his own words on PV Sindhu’s celebration back home
  • Many awkward comments were made by announcers during the game which shows feminism has a long way to go

August 25, 2016: If sexism thrown in subtly by the NBC broadcaster’s on the U S women’s gymnastics team didn’t do the trick for your scandalmonger mind or if the Chicago Tribune’s headline “Wife of a Bears lineman wins Bronze” didn’t add the ‘desi’ (Indian) male chauvinism tadka then fret not, we have a compilation of all Indian celebs who got trolled hard on twitter for their nightmarish tweets on female Olympians and remained the click bait’s favorite for the longest time!

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  • Shobhaa De

When a well-known columnist for Mumbai Mirror, veteran novelist and philanthropist, types in words like “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity,” expect all hell to break loose. Many people were lashing out at her with nothing but blood on their mind. After all, no bad deed goes unpunished in the world of netizens.

After a series of beautifully worded quips thrown at her, she finally broke her silence and during a discussion with a leading news portal said, “There was absolutely no malice intended. It was said out of a sense of panic. At that point it really did look like we were going to come back khaali haath… When I tweet, I don’t calculate…Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don’t. This time obviously it backfired.” De certainly doesn’t believe in an unadulterated wholesome public apology to the well-deserved Olympians.

  • Omar R. Quarashi

If there was anyone who could beat the infamous Shobhaa De tweet, it had to be a Pakistani Journalist. Unlike the above socialite, he didn’t stop at one tweet but went with the number 4 when it came to spitting venom about Rio Olympians. The notorious tweets came in when India was celebrating Dipa Karmakar’s excellent performance and Sakshi Malik’s bronze.

Omar R Quraishi tweets
Omar R Quraishi tweets

Needless to say, shots were fired. Not only by the regular twitterati’s but also by the Big B himself

Mr. Bacchan replied to Omar's tweets.
Mr. Bacchan replied to Omar’s tweets.

  • Sanal Kumar Sasisharan

Why should Dipa and Sakshi have all the fun? Sadly, PV Sindhu, first Indian women to win a silver at Olympics wasn’t left alone. An independent filmmaker from the south who was awarded the Best Director trophy by the Kerala State Film Awards recently mocked Sindhu by posting this comment on Facebook “Everybody is celebrating Sindhu. Makes me want to spit(throw up). What is there to celebrate so much?”

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Sanal Kumar's FB Post
Sanal Kumar’s FB Post

However, there was damage control, the director immediately clarified that he didn’t intend to defame her and he’s a women supporter

  • Ram Gopal Verma

These tweets by RGV make us wonder if twitter should start suspending celeb accounts while they clean up terrorist profiles from their networking site.

https://twitter.com/RGVzoomin/status/767567153931354113

https://twitter.com/RGVzoomin/status/767565018502164480

Looks like RGV stands unimpressed with the nation’s victory.

  • Piers Morgan

Last but definitely not the least, Mr. Piers Morgan everyone.

If you assumed that only Pakistan or Indian nationals could belittle Indian Olympians, you stand corrected my friend. Here we have, Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan, a British journalist and television personality, who as I type this is being mercilessly trolled by everyone, literally.

– by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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