Indian trailblazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar has rubbished the ongoing reports of returning back the BMW handed over by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar due to poor road conditions in Tripura, saying that she cannot even think of doing the same.
"See it is not at all like this, I cannot do that because getting a gift from Sachin Sir's hand itself is a very big thing. I got the key from him. In fact, I cannot even think of refusing or returning it back," said Dipa, whose favourite sports star is the Master Blaster.
Strongly refuting media reports that it was due to bad roads in Tripura that she was returning the BMW received in Hyderabad, Karmakar said, "See here in Agartala, we don't have showroom or service centre of BMW and, therefore, I asked them (members of Badminton Association of Hyderabad) for any other vehicle which is locally available and they also gave their consent for that. Other than that there is no other issue."
Dipa Karmakar's father Dulal Karmakar has also stated that due to the absence of any BMW service centre in Tripura, he along with Dipa and her coach Bishweshwar Nandi, had jointly requested president of Hyderabad Badminton Association (BAH), V Chamundeswaranath if they could give her the price of the BMW as cash with which she would buy a car that has its showroom and servicing centre in her home town.
"No question arises of returning back the gifted BMW in Hyderabad. The main problem is that BMW does not have a showroom here, if the car has any problem we have to fly a mechanic from Kolkata and it will be very expensive. So, I along with my daughter and her coach, we decided to ask them if instead of a car they could give the price of it as cash so that we can buy a car which is available here," said Dulal.
In August for her achievement at the Rio Olympics, Dipa, along with India's two other medalists badminton star P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik and Sindhu's coach Pullela Gopichand, each received a BMW car gifted by the president of the BAH.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Dipa narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the women's vault event.