A stellar performan

A stellar performance at the final qualifying and test event secured a berth for Dipa Karmakar at the Rio games.

The Federation Internationale de Gymnastique confirmed Dipa’s Rio Games qualification in its official release."Following the women’s qualification competition at the Gymnastics Test Event in Rio the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) herewith confirms the list of nations and individual gymnasts that have qualified for the Rio 2016Olympic Games" the world body said in its release Dipa’s entry into Olympics ended India’s 52-year-long wait of having a gymnast at the Olympic games with the last appearance dating back to 1964 The journey of this history-maker had its share of ups and downs and we take this occasion to list ten things to know about India’s latest sporting icon Dipa Karmakar Early start to Gymnastic career in Agartala Dipa Karmakar was just six years-old when she started practicing gymnastics in the city of Agartala in Tripura where Dipa was born Dipa was coached by veteran Bisbeshwar Nandi who has been her coach since Nandi expressed extreme pride when his student Dipa Karmakar won the bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth games Dipa Karmakar Reuters Dipa overcame postural deformity to pave way for her dreams Dipa Karmakar’s coach revealed that the athlete suffered from a postural deformity called flat feet when she first came to train under him According to Nandi it is a condition that reportedly affects the spring in an athlete’s jump Nandi recalls how Dipa had to put in the extra shift to get the curve in her feet so that she could compete at the highest level Victory in Junior National Championships proved the spring-board for Dipa’s Gymnastic career Dipa who started practicing gymnastics at the age of six said she wasn’t very interested in the sport and only pursued it as her father who was a coach at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) wanted her to do so But after tasting victory in the 2007 National Championships Dipa developed love for the game and the rest they say is history Dipa had no equipments to train a year before she claimed bronze in Hiroshima Dipa Karmakar had no equipments to train with for over eight months when she relied just on personal training to prepare herself for the 2014 Commonwealth games However the scenario changed and the Federation arranged for a two-month camp for the gymnasts to train Coach Nandi credits the camp for her achievement in Hiroshima Dipa Karmakar Getty Images Milestone in Japan Dipa’s bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth games was the first by any Indian woman gymnast She was also just the second Indian to claim a Commonwealth games medal in gymnastics Later she also became the first Indian woman gymnast to appear in the World Championship in Glasgow Highest score in the world in Pradunova Vault In2015 Karmakar logged the highest score on a Pradunova in the world with a tally of 15100 that includes 700 for difficulty 81 for execution and 01 for penalty Only two other have competed in the Pradunova namely Yamilet Pena of Dominican Republic and Fadva Mahmoud of Egypt Dipa Karmakar has won 77 medals in total in her career Dipa’s tally of 77 medals that includes 67 gold medals is inclusive of all the silverware she won in state national and international championship Dipa won the Junior National Championship as a 14-year-old- in Jalpaiguri Obedient but short on temper at times By her own admission Dipa Karmakar has moments where she loses her cool often at times of disagreement with her coach That’s a time when she goes into a mode of disobedience towards her coach but otherwise obeys each and every word that her coach asks of her "Desire hunger to do well in gymnastics Dipa has that She told me once ‘Whatever you want me to do I will not say no to you coach’" and except when she loses her temper with me she has kept her word" a joyous Nandi told Firstpost Dipa Karmakar Dipa trains for seven hours a day in preparation for big events Dipa Karmakar revealed to Firstpost that she used to train for a total of seven hours while preparing for the World Championships in 2015 Dipa trained in two shifts from 9 am – 12: 30 pm and 5 – 8:30 pm every day Dipa was initially a second reserve for the Olympic Qualification test event After failing to clinch an Olympic berth through the World Championship where she finished outside the podium Dipa was earlier put as second reserve for theOlympic Test event in Rio but was informed last month that shehad sneaked into the shortlist of participants Sometimes destine comes up with a few special scripts in sports Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane tried to hide his disappointment at missing the chance to close to gap on rivals Barcelona at the top of La Liga to six points on Saturday Madrid failed to capitalise on Barca’s 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo earlier in the day as they played out a 0-0 stalemate at Athletic Bilbao to drop points for the sixth time in 14 La Liga games so far this season File photo of Zinedine Zidane Getty Images "For me the most important thing is to keep thinking that we are going to have another opportunity throughout the course of the season to cut the gap" said Zidane That opportunity to cut the eight-point gap between the sides is most likely to come when Madrid host Barcelona in three weeks time However Real could go into that match down in fifth in the table as they currently lead Sevilla only on goal difference in fourth and trail Valencia and Atletico Madrid Zidane’s men will also be depleted without captain Sergio Ramos who saw his 24th career red card late on at Sam Mames Dani Carvajal and Casemiro through suspension when Sevilla visit the Bernabeu next weekend And Real will play a game fewer in La Liga than their rivals before the end of the year as they jet off to contest the Club World Cup between 13 and 16 December "At the moment there are three teams in front of us but there are still six months left We are at little behind but there is a long way to go" added Zidane Zidane had shown his intent to pounce on Barca’s slip-up by naming his strongest available side as Gareth Bale once again missed out through injury Without the man from Cardiff Madrid started with the same line-up that started the Champions League final in the Welsh capital six months ago However Zidane insisted it is merely results and not the level of performance that has changed for Real since they swept Juventus aside to retain the Champions League and beat Barcelona to the La Liga title last season "It is the result nothing more When I look at the game today I can’t say we are playing worse" added the Frenchman "What changes things are goals That day we scored four against Juve and today we couldn’t score Last season we would score goals in the last minute and at the moment that isn’t happening "We need to keep going and think that there will be better moments to come" London: For the first time since he arrived at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp is in the midst of a crisis to the extent that a win on Tuesday at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea is obligatory The 49-year-old charismatic German – who replaced Brendan Rodgers in November 2015 – has seen his side knocked out of two Cup competitions inside a week and a further loss to Chelsea would be the first time since 1923 they have lost four successive games at Anfield and only the second time in their 125-year history Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is in a difficult position Reuters However victory over Antonio Conte’s side would reduce the gap between them to seven points whilst should Arsenal beat out of form Watford and their north London rivals Spurs beat bottom side Sunderland they would be just five and six points off the leaders respectively Klopp though accepts some confidence has seeped away from his side with just one win in eight games in January and the free-flowing eye-catching football they were playing seems a distant memory "We spoke about confidence a few months ago and I said it’s a little flower" said Klopp who hopes to have joint-top scorer Sadio Mane at the very least on the bench after he returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty with Senegal "If something bounces on it then it’s away Obviously that happened kind of but it’s not that we play without confidence "I can see a lot of moments when we really still believe in our skills and all that stuff So we don’t have to make it too big but it’s not that difficult "It’s not that I say there’s no chance until Tuesday to make a real turn "Somebody asked me a second ago if this is the lowest point of my Liverpool time until now – I don’t know But if it is it’s the perfect point to turn because it’s not possible to go lower That’s all we have to think about now "It is a home game against the leader of the league and we need everyone for the game" Conte’s side arrive bursting with confidence and with the Italian hoping to deal a huge mental blow to his opponents Since they lost consecutive Premier League games to Liverpool and Arsenal in September they have won 17 of 19 games in all competitions since but perhaps face a pivotal week as regards the title race with Tuesday’s game followed by a home match with Arsenal "It could be a hard hit mentally for them (if Liverpool lose to Chelsea)" said Conte on Monday "It’s important to win this type of game increase your confidence take three points from a rival" Arsenal will enter their home game with Watford bursting with confidence on the back of a 5-0 whipping of rivals Southampton in the FA Cup – Watford by contrast were sent packing by third tier Millwall Particularly encouraging for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is the return to fitness and form of Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck who scored ahat-trick and a double respectively against a limpid Saints outfit That has only emboldened Wenger to believe he does not need to make any last minute purchases and has the squad necessary to secure their first league title since 2004 "I believe that number-wise and quality-wise we have what is required to do well" said the Frenchman who will serve the second of his four-match touchline ban Spurs had an almighty scare against fourth tier Wycombe in the Cup and their boss Mauricio Pochettino is hoping there is not a costly upset on Tuesday against the bottom side "The three points are important for them but they are very important for us and we have to be aware of the pressure that we need to win because at the end of the season we need to fight for big things" said the Argentinian Wednesday’s action will see both Manchester clubs in action although now the fight is more about Champions League qualification than the title Fifth-placed City who are 12 points adrift of Chelsea travel to West Ham who will be a happier outfit having sold striking Frenchman Dimitri Payet whilst United – 14 points off the leaders – host strugglers Hull who beat them in their League Cup second leg semi-final tie last week but still lost on aggregate Melbourne: The Indian women hockey team ended their Australian tour with a 1-3 defeat in the third and final match as they lost the series 1-2 at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne on Sunday File photo of Nikki Pradhan Reuters With the series level at one game apiece the Indian eves put their best foot forward early on as Nikki Pradhan Deep Grace Ekka and goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu successfully foiled attempts by the Australians to keep the score line at 0-0 going into the second quarter The Indian eves were quick to strike in the second quarter as Deepika and Rani combined to display some remarkable stick work allowing Vandana Katariya to get an easy deflection into the goal in the 17th minute Deepika was in action again preventing Kalindi Commerford from scoring Australia’s first goal An unfortunate on-field collision moments later resulted in Captain Vandana being ruled out for the remainder of the game India maintained their 1-0 lead going into half-time as the Hockeyroos could not convert three successive penalty corners The Indian eves earned four successive PCs in the third quarter but were unable to convert any even as Nikki and goalkeeper Etimarpu were kept busy by the Australian frontline India had a bit of luck soon after as a powerful strike by Commerford ricocheted off the goalpost followed by an agile save from Etimarpu to prevent a deflection from sneaking past her Australia were back in the hunt again as they earned two penalty corners and Brooke Peris’ 39th minute PC conversion saw the Hockeyroos draw level with India The hosts earned two more PCs and Gabi Nance successfully converted one in the 41st minute to give Australia a 2-1 lead going into the final quarter The Indian eves stepped up their game in the final 15 minutes attacking the Australian defence as they searched for an equaliser However the Hockeyroos continued to charge at the Indian backline with Kathryn Slattery and Murphy Allendorf looking to increase the lead Sunita Lakra and Deep Grace Ekka rose to the occasion denying the Hockeyroos a third goal until the dying moments of the match However goalkeeper Etimarpu who has been brilliant in this series was outdone by a firm hit from Jordyn Holzberger that saw Australia increase the deficit to 3-1 Although Deepika put up a brave fight towards the end Australia went on to win the match and the series 2-1 India’s Deepika was adjudged the Player of the Tournament for her stellar performance in the series By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 22 2016 2:53 am Top News A man was allegedly beaten up by a person suspected to be a police officer after an argument at a CNG refilling station in South Delhi’s RK Puram area According to police the victim Lakshman Singh is a resident of Noida and a tennis coach “The incident took place on March 18 It took the police three days to register a case” Singh alleged Singh was waiting to receive the balance after getting his car re-fuelled at the station when the driver behind him began to honk and asked him to move his car ahead When Singh approached the driver he allegedly abused him “The driver then pushed Singh on the ground and allegedly thrashed him and fled the spot An FIR has been registered and we are trying to ascertain the identity of the accused” said an officer For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune | Updated: October 19 2015 5:19 am Parents staging a protest at Kothrud Depot on Sunday (Express Photo) Top News Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) the city’s transport undertaking on Sunday came under severe criticism from residents and commuter organisations after one of its conductors on Saturday allegedly asked six school students to touch his feet and say sorry for boarding a “wrong bus” Following protests by agitated parents PMPML launched an investigation into the matter on Sunday and promised to take strict action against the unidentified conductor “for insensitive and rude behaviour” The incident happened around 4 pm on Saturday when six girls from a school in the Pune Cantonment area boarded a PMPML bus from the Dhobi Ghat bus stop The girls who wanted to go to Katraj were carrying their monthly passes with them However when they entered the bus the conductor allegedly screamed at them saying their passes were invalid for that particular bus “He rebuked them used foul language and shouted at the top of his voice and repeatedly asked the girls why they had boarded the wrong bus” said Yaseen Shaikh whose daughter was one of the students The bus was going from Pulgate to Kothrud Shaikh said two of the girls were so terrified that they bought tickets and got down at Swargate “The conductor who had taken the passes in his possession then asked the driver to halt the bus near Nehru stadium The girls pleaded with him to return their passes but he did not He then asked them to touch his feet But the girls refused He however relented when the girls started crying” said Shaikh But even after returning the passes the conductor allegedly asked the girls to touch his feet “Abhi to mere paer padho…tumhara pass de diya maine…(At least touch my feet now…I have returned your pass)” said one of the girls Shaikh said conductor was wearing a mask and when the girls asked him why he was doing so he said he was suffering from cough and cold Shaikh said when the girls approached the driver he too was not helpful “Even the passengers look on as they girls were being humiliated When the girls reached home they were inconsolable And are still in a state of shock” said Shaikh Till late afternoon on Sunday top PMPML officials were not even aware of the incident PMPML spokesperson Deepak Pardeshi said as the girls had not taken down the bus number they are trying to find out which bus was around Dhobh Ghat around 4 pm “PMPML administration has taken serious note of the incident and is investigating” Pardeshi added When contacted PMPML Chairman and Managing Director Abhishek Krishna said he was investigating the matter and would take strict action against the concerned conductor “The incident is regrettable and should not have happened” he said promising quick action Parents of the six girls took out a morcha to Kothrud Depot on Sunday Jugal Rathi who heads the PMP Pravasi Manch said the errant behaviours of conductors and drivers were on the rise because the current chairman did not command enough respect in PMPML “He does not have a tight grip on PMPML Only a couple of days back an official was caught taking bribe He had allegedly asked the resident to foot the furniture bill…this shows there is a lot going wrong in PMPML” he said “Things started going wrong after Shrikar Pardeshi left When Pardeshi was there things had begun to improve drastically” he said adding that though PMPL’s revenue had improved services had not For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsParis: French president Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has slumped less than three months since he took office according to a YouGov poll published Macron has slipped seven points with just 36 percent of respondents having a positive view of the president who was elected on 7 May File image of French president Emmanuel Macron AP Forty-nine percent have a negative view a rise of 13 points according to the poll for the Huffington Post and the CNews TV channel The poll of 1003 people was carried out on 26-27 July It confirms a downward trend already shown by a previous poll carried out by Ifop on 17-22 July which showed his popularity slipping 10 points in a month to 54 percent Macron a centrist 39-year-old former banker was elected with 66 percent of the vote soundly beating far-right rival Marine Le Pen Macron’s centrist government has announced 45 billion euros (USD 53 billion) in public spending cuts aimed at bringing France’s budget deficit within EU limits In a frenetic first two and a half months in office he has also hosted US president Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Jerome Fourquet a political scientist from Ifop said the polls showed the public was beginning to tire of Macron’s slick communication style while he was slashing public spending "Some people are starting to get the feeling that he is an exceptional charmer and a communicator but whose Hollywood-like style of communicating is actually an instrument to bring in austerity policies" he said By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 25 2016 6:02 pm Related News Bollywood’s Greek god Hrithik Roshan tweeted a very old throwback picture with megastar Amitabh Bachchan on his Twitter handle In the picture we can see a young Hrithik Roshan posing with Big B on the sets of one of the megastar’s film He wrote: “SweetWho found thismy fan moment as a kidi think der’s a little bit of Bachchan in every actor since Agree” SweetWho found thismy fan moment as a kidi think der’s a little bit of Bachchan in every actor since Agree pictwittercom/OClybs9YQO — Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) April 24 2016 //platformtwittercom/widgetsjs Hrithik has worked with Amitabh Bachchan in films Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Lakshya Hrithik who has just wrapped up Mohen-jo-daro with Ashutosh Gowariker will soon begin shooting for Kaabil For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: AP | Rome | Published: November 18 2016 3:25 pm AS Roma currently share Stadio Olympic with local rivals Lazio (Source: AP File) Top News Roma’s long-delayed plans to build a new stadium met with more opposition from the city council’s urban planning expert on Thursday Speaking at a discussion over the stadium at a regional government meeting Paolo Berdini criticised the mostly privately financed 16 billion euro ($17 billion) project for including 200 million euros (more than $200 million) in public funding “It’s a project that I don’t consider positive and which won’t benefit the city’s treasury” Berdini said Berdini’s pronouncement comes in the same week that Roma released a university study saying the stadium would deliver nearly 20 billion euros ($217 billion) in additional revenues to the Italian capital over the next decade The new stadium was in Rome’s bid for the 2024 Olympics but the candidacy was rejected in September by Mayor Virginia Raggi over cost concerns “You can be certain that this vice of paying for huge projects with public debt will end forever with this administration” Berdini said The proposed stadium site in Tor di Valle is about halfway between downtown and Leonardo Da Vinci Airport The start of construction has been delayed for years because approval for the Serie A stadium training center and surrounding business and entertainment park was slowed at municipal and regional levels James Pallotta Roma’s American president first presented the stadium plan in March 2014 saying then that it would be ready for the 2016-17 season However then-mayor Ignazio Marino acknowledged that that stadium would not open before an extensive amount of transport infrastructure was completed around the area With a design inspired by the Colosseum the stadium is slated to seat 52500 and be expandable to 60000 for major matches Roma currently shares the 72000-seat Stadio Olimpico with city rival Lazio For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 1 2016 4:56 am However a transport department official said there were no plans to launch a special drive to ensure that the apex court’s orders are followed Related News Diesel and petrol-run cabs which violate the Supreme Court’s orders and ply in the national capital will be impounded by Delhi Traffic Police and transport department personnel said officials The impounded vehicles may be released only after a court order they said “The officers have been asked to enforce the Supreme Court’s order We will take action against cabs that violate the order as per the law” said Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sandeep Goel However a transport department official said there were no plans to launch a special drive to ensure that the apex court’s orders are followed Share This Article Related Article “We do not challan cabs on the basis of what fuel they use We conduct random checks and see if the taxi drivers has his papers and licences in order whether he is overcharging the passenger etc During such checks if we find a cab running on diesel we will impound it immediately But we are not going to launch any special drives to implement the court order” said a transport department official For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: February 28 2017 9:53 pm Daljit Singh was in charge when the Nagpur pitch was also rated ‘poor’ by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe during the India versus South Africa Test match in November 2015 (Source: PTI) Top News Veteran pitch curator Daljit Singh’s job as chief curator of the BCCI is in line after the scathing report by the ICC which rated the Pune pitch prepared under his guidance as “poor” In fact Daljit was in charge when the Nagpur pitch was also rated ‘poor’ by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe during the India versus South Africa Test match in November 2015 that ended inside three days with an emphatic victory for hosts Another showcause by the ICC certainly has not gone unnoticed by the Committee of Administrators and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri will have to frame a reply within 14 days as per global body’s norm “Even if there were instructions from team management Daljit could have just ignored them No one can pressurise the curator if he doesn’t want to buckle down But Daljit has had history of succumbing to demands of team management giving one designer track after another It’s just that Nagpur and Pune were too bad even for his comfort The COA might look into the matter” a top BCCI source told PTI Daljit’s position will certainly be under threat as this is the second adverse ICC rating in 14 months There are some rumours in BCCI circle that one senior functionary among the existing lot called up in Pune at the behest of team management but that was merely a telephonic conversation and nothing documented Since there are no written instructions from the team management or BCCI the buck stops at Daljit who is already 79 and has survived as Lodha reforms doesn’t specify the age of a curator like selectors (60 years) or administrators (70 years) For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top Newsto live by the terms they set. like Modi treating his wife unkindly, Apoorva? 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