Vastavam web: Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who has not competed since her historic fourth place finish in the Rio Olympics, is all set to miss the World Gymnastics Championships as she is recovering from a knee surgery.It is another setback of sorts for the 23-year-old who also missed the Asian Championships earlier this year due to the anterior crucial ligament (ACL) injury.”There is not much you can do in case of an injury. It is frustrating as an athlete but I won’t call it a setback.Karmakar, who is camping at the IG Stadium in presence of her coach Bisweshwar Nandi, has started jogging but can only think about training once six months of rehab is over.
“I would not want that she goes to worlds for mere participation. And it won’t be possible for her to be fully ready for the big event,” said Nandi.”Coming back after an injury is a challenge but then you also have to keep in mind that you can get injured also in the competition. Like it happened with one of the participants in Rio. Gymnastics is a dangerous sport at all times,” he said.”I gave one MA exam last year, now I am preparing for another,” said the diminutive athlete.Asked about the age factor in the sport since she is losing out on crucial time due to injury, Karmakar said: “One of the gymnast who took part in Rio was 43 years old. So if she can do it, I can too.”