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Dipa likely to start training for Produnova after Doha World Cup: Coach

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ace Indian gymnast is likely to restart her training for the gravity-defying after next month's World Cup, her mentor and said.

Dipa had vaulted her way to glory after her audacious display in at the 2016 Rio but she was forced to dump the 'of death' routine following a in 2017.

But the Indian is likely to be back to her favourite after her participation at the (March 1417) and (March 2023).

"needs 3-4 months of continuous training which has not been possible because of the regular qualifying competitions. I have that in mind, and possibly after returning from she will once again work on Prudonova," Nandi told

"We have to find a way to get the time to do that. It is a very hard vault and she has already gone through and surgeries, so it becomes risk, so we haven't done that yet."

Dipa had to undergo in April last year and missed the Asian Championship, in last year and in

She returned to action by claiming a gold at the World Challenge Cup in in July last year but a strained knee saw her miss the vault final in Jakarta Asian Games, before she pulled out of the team event as well.

Last November, Dipa started her qualifying bid for the Tokyo by winning a bronze at the Artistic in Cottbus,

Dipa had scored an average of 14.316 on her two vaults at and Nandi said the Indian's preparation for the upcoming events are spot on.

"Dipa is back to her best. I am making another attempt for Dipa's qualification. There will be no lack of effort from us," Nandi said.

"The points of all the vaults have been reduced now in the new system. For example Produnova had 7.00 points but now it is 6.40, similarly all vaults have been reduce, but I believe her average score in this new system is fine.

"It is still around 14.34 and we are trying to improve it little bit more. This is the plan for the next two events. With this score she will be able to fight for the gold."

Talking about her bid to Olympic qualification, Nandi said: "Qualifying for the through these World Cups is very tough. If she can win gold in next 3-4 events, we will get a confirmation of her qualification.

"Everyone will be going for the gold and from these competitions, one gymnast will be selected from each of the apparatus for the Olympics, so it is very tough."

Being India's best bet in gymnastics, Dipa is receiving support from all quarters. physio Sajjad Ahmed Mir, who was with her at the Rio Olympics, now cater to her needs day in and day out at the Agartala centre, thanks to foundation.

too have recently come on board to sponsor a foam pit at to help her with training.

Nandi also thanked Authority of (SAI), (GFI), Govt of and for all the support.

There will be no Indian participation at the World Cup which is scheduled to be held from February 21-24.

"The Federation of (GFI) follows a policy wherein the gymnasts have to request for participation at any International event and based on which registration is done by the Federation. We did not receive any request for in Melbourne," said Riyaz Bhati, Vice President, GFI.

"We have recieved request from for participation in World Cup at Baku, and Doha, in March 2019 along with her and they have been duly registered.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 16:50 IST