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first_imgDipa will inspire young Indians with her achievement:Tendulkar New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) Accolades poured in for Dipa Karmakar, who today became the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, with iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal leading the sports fraternity in praising here for the historic feat. Praising Dipa for her historic feat, Tendulkar said her achievement would inspire the youth of the country. “Congratulations #DipaKarmakar on creating history with your qualification. You inspire young Indians with your achievement. Best wishes,” Tendulkar tweeted. Within hours of her qualification in artistic gymnastics for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics at a qualifying event at the same Brazilian city, Dipas entitlement under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, the governments initiative to fund Olympic medal prospects in their preparations for the Games, was enhanced from earlier Rs 20 lakh to Rs 30 lakhs. Dipa has been among the first lot of athletes who have been named under the TOP Scheme last year. “Congrats Dipa Karmakar, Gymnast under TOP scheme, on qualifying for Rio. Entitlement for assistance enhanced from 20 to 30 Lakhs,” the official Twitter handle of the Sports Ministry said. “Congrats Dipa Karmakar. By virtue of Olympic qualification joins TOPS that entitles her four additional assistance of 30 lakhs, four customised training,” the Sports Authority of India tweeted. Sonowal congratulated Dipa for her feat and for taking Indian gymnastics to a high. “Many congratulations for taking Indian gymnastics to a new high. Dipa Karmakar, we are so proud of you,” Sonowal wrote on his official twitter handle. Dipa today created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics with a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event in Rio. The 22-year-old Tripura girl garnered a total score of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event to book a berth for artistic gymnastics in the Rio Games. Apart from being the first Indian woman, she will also be an Indian gymnast qualifying for the Olympics after 52 long years. Other cricketing stalwarts Virender Sehwag and V V S Laxman also saluted Dipa for qualifying for the Olympics. “Congratulations Dipa Karmakar on becoming the 1st ever Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics,” Sehwag tweeted. Laxman wrote on his twitter page: “Congratulations Dipa Karmakar on creating history by becoming the first ever Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympic Games. Good luck.” Five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand also congratulated Dipa. “Congrats dipa kamarkar… There a first for everything. Hope many more firsts come your way,” he tweeted. PTI PDS CM ATKadvertisementlast_img read more