Gymnastics in India
|Gymnastics in India|
Gymnastics in Delhi
|Governing body||Gymnastics Federation of India|
Gymnastics came of age in India, when at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Ashish Kumar won the first-ever medal in gymnastics, he won a bronze medal. However, soon after the win, the President of the Gymnastics Federation of India asked Ashish's Chief Coach from the Soviet Union, Vladimir Chertkov: "Is this all that you can deliver, a bronze?" The comment was widely reported in the press.
Later, the coach revealed that "In August 2009, we had no equipment. Ashish trained on hard floor till February 2010, and then we got equipment around 20 years old." Also, the Federation announced that no Indian team would travel to Rotterdam for the World Championships in October, which meant that Indian gymnasts automatically would not qualify as a team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Alongside Ashish, the Commonwealth Games 2014 also saw the rise of counterpart female gymnasts from India. Gymnast Dipa Karmakar also scored a bronze medal in the Gymnastics at the 2014 Commonwealth Games – Women's vault making her the first ever female Indian gymnast to do so. Her brilliant attempt of landing the Produnova in her second attempt at vault gave her average score of 14.366, making her one of the few gymnasts in the world to land Produnova on their feet successfully.
- "I could have got gold had equipment arrived earlier: CWG medallist Ashish". Hindustan Times. 9 October 2010.
- Swamy, V Narayan (9 October 2010). "Officials ask Ashish's coach: Only a bronze?". The Times of India.
- "No Worlds for India: Coach Blasts Federation". International Gymnast Magazine. 10 October 2010.
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