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Injury a concern for Dipa

New Delhi: The preparations of star gymnast Dipa Karmakar for the Asian Games next month has been hampered by an ankle injury, according to her coach Bishweshar Nandi.

Dipa, 21, is the latest sensation in Indian gymnastics, especially after becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Tripura-based Dipa bagged a bronze medal in the vault event.

“Dipa suffered a hairline fracture on her right ankle during the Glasgow Games last month. She is yet to fully recover from it and it is a concern,” Nandi told The Telegraph on Thursday.

Nandi, however, assured that Dipa, considered a medal prospect, won’t miss the next month’s Asian Games. “I am sure she would recover. But, at the moment, I cannot engage her in a full-fledged practice. She is doing light training and she is determined to make it to the Asian Games,” said Nandi.

The coach said his ward is currently being treated by doctors at the Sports Authority of India (SAI). “I am confident that the treatment is going in the right direction. She should be at her best at the Asian Games,” Nandi said.

Dipa, who is the national champion for the past five years, is a physical instructor under Tripura's sports and youth affairs department.

At the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, she won the bronze with an average score of 14.366.