Chennai, Aug 16, 2016: The remarkable performance of Dipa Karmakar provides not only evidence of the capability of women athletes but also the need for greater investment in training and nutrition. Countries like Russia and China provide a lot of support from the young age to potential medal winners in order to equip them for gaining Olympic Medals. Early identification of sports women like Dipa, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza, Mary Kom and other outstanding sports women and helping them with the necessary training and healthcare support would help us also to travel the last mile leading to Olympic gold. Even though we have not been able to get any medal so far in the Rio Olympics, the performance of our athletes has been a source of great encouragement to the younger generation particularly women.
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