While anyone would give their right arm to lay their hands on a free BMW X1s, gymnast Dipa Karmakar who stunned the world after attempting the risky Produnova vault at the 2016 Rio Olympics games have decided to not accept her swanky gift.
Soon after her return from the games in August, the star gymnast was presented with the keys to a brand new BMW car by cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for her performance at the Olympics games along with the other achievers at the games – PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik.
However, now the ace gymnast has decided to return her premier vehicle, which was gifted by V Chamundeswaranath, president of the Hyderabad Badminton Association, owing to maintenance issues.
Dipa who created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the finals at Olympics and then finishing 4th in the vault event cited that it’s difficult to maintain a car like BMW in Agartala, where she stays.
“The roads in Agartala are too narrow for a BMW and also the city does not have a single BMW showroom or service centre. The biggest question for me is what happens if the car breaks down and there is an emergency. There is nowhere to go because there are no BMW showrooms or service centres in Agartala and Guwahati, which is 500km from here. Also, you have to maintain these cars well but there is nowhere in Agartala that I will be able to do that,” Dipa said.
She further added, “You need to be lucky to be gifted a car by Sachin sir. But I respectfully have to return the gift.”
However, the girl is indeed lucky. It is reported that the authorities have no problems with her returning the car and they might transfer the amount equivalent to the value of the car to Dipa’s bank account.
Well, first her #playbold attitude at the games, and now this bold move, the young star never fails to impress.
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