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Dipa fit but coach will take CWG call in March

Kolkata: A fit-again Dipa Karmakar will join the gymnastics national camp next week but there is an air of uncertainty regarding her participation at the Commonwealth Games as coach Bishweshwar Nandi does not want to rush things.

The Dronacharya awardee coach, who is credited with Dipa's spectacular fourth-place finish in Rio Olympics, said he would take a call only mid-March after seeing his ward's progress.
Although Nandi has not completely ruled Dipa out of the 2018 Gold Coast event, to be held in April, he feels the Asian Games in August would be a more "realistic target".
"I will closely monitor her progress but I do not want to rush things. If she is fit she will definitely go to Gold Coast. Achieving fitness is the priority and she has started slowly. It's 50-50 for Commonwealth Games now," Nandi said.
"I will be able to take a call by March 15 next year. We have two more important events lined up next year - the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, and the World Championship in Doha. So I want to go slowly," he said.

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