Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar was one of the brightest spots of the otherwise dismal Indian campaign at Rio Olympics 2016. Not only did she make the whole world sit up and take notice, she also made sure Indians updated their information about artistic gymnastics. And now it looks like she might not be the sole Indian vying for Olympic gold in Tokyo 2020. Another girl from Tripura might be her compatriot in the quest for an Olympic gold.
Meet Ashmita Pal from Tripura. At 15 years, Ashmita looks like an unlikely champion. But when you are billed as the ‘Next Dipa Karmakar’, there ought to be something special. However, she comes from an economically weak family. But she defied all odds fighting her way up to the Indian National Team, representing India at the World School Championship in Turkey.
Recognizing her performance, CNN-News18 in partnership with BitGiving started the #HelpAshmita campaign. The main objective of the campaign was to nurture the dream of India’s young talented gymnast Asmita Pal, to win laurels for the country. As of now, the campaign has generated a sum of Rs. 11.83 lakhs in an attempt to help Ashmita Pal get proper facilities and training so that she can make India proud at the Olympics.
The campaign also received wholehearted response from the public as well as govt enterprises. Sahid Choudhury, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Tripura also agreed to lend his support to the young athlete. Ashmita is now training under Bishweshar Nandi. Endorsed by Dipa herself, Ashmita hopes for an Olympic medal for her country someday.