Dipa Karmakar's coach Bisweshwar Nandi not in favour of pre-event financial backing
This is India, you have to first perform (before reaping rewards), said Nandi.
Bhubaneswar: While countries spend millions on each athlete for preparation of mega-events such as the Olympic games, India has always lacked behind until an athlete produces miraculous perfromance out of nothing.
While many think athletes should be given financial backing during preparation of events, gymnast Dipa Karmakar's coach Bisweshwar Nandi has dismissed the notion that it would have been better had she and other top performers at last month's Rio Games been given the sort of financial backing they got post the mega event before their sojourn to Brazil.
"This is India. You have to first perform (before reaping rewards). You people also write about them only after they do something special," said Dronacharya awardee, Bisweshwar, after he and his ward were felicitated at the 39th National Convention of the Sports Journalists' Federation of India here last night.
Nandi's answer was in reply to the opinion expressed by many top yesteryear sportspersons, including former hockey captain Dilip Tirkey who was honoured here a day earlier, that it would be very helpful for the athletes to get as much backing when they prepare for mega events such as the Olympics.
Dipa, who became the toast of the nation by finishing fourth after narrowly missing the bronze in the vault, and Rio medal winners ? shuttler P V Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik ? have been flooded with cash prizes as well as swanky cars after the conclusion of the Games.
Nandi also spoke about the hot temper Dipa possessed when she came under his wings and how he channelised the temper of his ward into excelling in the sport.
"I was warned by her father that she was a stubborn person with a hot temper. I experienced it first-hand too during her training regimen when I wanted her to stop after an extended session as I feared injury. I then channelised it into her gymnastics," said Nandi.
The coach also explained how she was rejected by another coach who termed her flat-footed and how he (Nandi) recommended 7-8 exercises for Dipa who did them diligently before returning to become his ward after nine months.
(With Inputs from PTI)