Expressing her inability to maintain a luxury car in Agartala, celebrated gymnast has requested that she should instead be given a cash prize equivalent to the vehicle's cost as there are no service centres in the state.
"Getting any gift from Sachin (Tendulkar) sir is a big thing. Can't even think of returning it. No return or refusal, just that there is no showroom, service centre of BMW in Agartala, so I was talking about a possibility," Dipa told ANI.
No return or refusal, just that there is no showroom, service centre of BMW in Agartala, so I was talking about a possibility: Dipa Karmakar pic.twitter.com/JbhHKjjtvl— ANI (@ANI_news) October 13, 2016
The 23-year-old, who scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, produced a memorable performance at the big event in Rio finishing 4th in the vault event.
I spoke with them (Badminton Association of Hyderabad) for any vehicle locally available and they gave their consent for that: Dipa Karmakar pic.twitter.com/fqNVkwEPlD— ANI (@ANI_news) October 13, 2016
A BMW car was gifted to her by the Hyderabad District Badminton Association president Chamundeswaranath in appreciation of her performance.
She was presented the keys of the car by Sachin Tendulkar at a felicitation ceremony where she was honoured alongside Olympic silver-medallist shuttler PV Sindhu and bronze-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik.
However, Dipa says she wants to return the gift as roads in Agartala are too narrow for a BMW and also the city does not have a single BMW showroom or service centre.
"Very thankful to Sachin sir for gifting me BMW but cannot maintain in tripura, so giving back. Thank you for agreeing to give funds for it," Dipa tweeted on Wednesday (Oct 12).
Very thankful to Sachin sir for gifting me BMW but cannot maintain in tripura, so giving back. Thank you for agreeing to give funds for it.— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) October 12, 2016
Even her coach Bisheswar Nandi was earlier quoted as saying that he has requested an "amount equivalent to the value of the car" should be transferred to Dipa's account.
Hyderabad District Badminton Association President Chamundeswaranath said he will have a word with the gymnast on the difficulties she is facing in handling the vehicle.