first_img(REOPENS DEL 32) (REOPENS DEL 32) Dipa dedicated her Olympic qualification to her long-time coach Bisheshwar Nandi who has been her coach since she was a six-year-old “It was very difficult but I have got a great mentor because of whom, I am here. Without him nobody would have known my name. I dedicate my achievement to my coach,” she said. Asked about the Produnova vault she performed in Rio, which very few top gymnasts can do because of the risk involved, Dipa said, “To achieve something, you have to take risk. I am thankful that special arrangements were made at the Indira Gandhi Stadium where I practiced and learnt Produnova vault. “Otherwise it would have been impossible. So, I am thankful to Sports Authority of India and also to Gymnastics Federation of India. The words of praise from the Prime Minister, Sports Minister and from other top sportspersons were really encouraging.” Nandi said that Dipas best is yet to come and her hunger for perfection would take her to places. “She is a girl hungry for perfection. She is stubborn also and she wont stop before doing something which she wants to do. These traits of her, I have used to my advantage,” he said. “The performance at the test event in Rio was her best so far but her best is yet to come. She can do better than this in Rio,” he said. Nandi, also from Agartala, refrained from making tall claims about the Olympics and simply said his ward will give her best and the result can be anything. “I will not say anything about the results in Olympics. I will not make any predictions about Dipa. Gymnastics is a sport different from others. It is technical as well as unpredictable. Everything depends on the day of the event, on the performance. “The best in the business can slip during the performance and anything can happen. So, we will try hard, very hard and give our best and keep fingers crossed,” he said. Dipa and Nandi will take a short break and spend some time in Tripura before starting intense preparation for the Rio Olympics. “I think we do not need to go abroad for Dipas training, we have good facilities at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium and SAI has promised that whatever is required will be provided to us. So, we will start our preparation very soon and we can achieve our target.” PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img


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