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Dipa Karmakar to miss Commonwealth Games

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Dipa Karmakar, who finished fourth at the Rio Olympics, will not participate at the Commonwealth Games in April this year.

Confirming the development to ESPN, coach Bishweshwar Nandi said that the gymnast is yet to fully recover from the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery she underwent in April last year, prompting her to give the three-day trials currently underway in New Delhi a miss. "Dipa is not in her best shape now since the recovery might still need some more time. We didn't want to risk worsening her condition by pushing her into competition right now. Our target is now the Asian Games."

Dipa, 24, who became the first female Indian gymnast to compete at the Olympics, missed both the Asian as well as the World Championships last year due to the injury. Now, this year's first major event too won't see her in action. "As a sportsperson, you have to live through such phases. She's handling the situation well and believes she can come back stronger," Nandi said.

Though she has resumed training at the national camp in New Delhi, the 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist isn't back to practising Produnova, her pet artistic gymnastics vault which consists of a front handspring and two front somersaults, yet. "Her knees won't be able to hold the vault now. It will take at least a couple more months before she can return to Produnova training."