Q: The ‘Produnova’ vault is known to be exceedingly risky. Were you anxious about it?
Ans: Dulal Karmakar
You’ll be surprised to know that I was never informed of this vault by Dipa the first time she practiced it. I came to know of it only during her performance at Glasgow. Later, I came to know through newspapers and news channels that it is an extremely risky vault. So, I won’t deny that I was indeed a bit anxious. But when I along with her mother went to Delhi before her Rio journey, I closely watched her practicing the vault. And she was doing very well. Dipa in fact enjoys performing the Produnova.
To practice the Produnova, a foam pit is compulsory. Tripura doesn’t have one. Three months prior to Rio, the then Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited Agartala, and Dipa had an audience with him. She told him that SAI has not yet commenced the ‘Practice Camp’ for Olympics. And we were only left with three months. Sonowal reacted by ringing the SAI director in Dipa’s presence and instructed to begin the practice camp for Olympics soon by any means. Three days later, the practice camp began and Dipa along with her coach subsequently flew to Delhi.
Source-Shilajit Kar Bhowmik