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Dipa Karmakar to return BMW X1 presented by Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin with Rio Olympic Heroes and BMW cars (2)

Dipa Karmarkar’s family cites too many maintenance issues and challenging road conditions in Agartala as reasons for returning the BMW.

In August this year, Sachin Tendulkar had presented a BMW X1 to Dipa Karmarkar for her outstanding performance at the Rio Olympics. However, one month later, the ace gymnast has opted to return this prized model to the original owner V Chamundeswaranath, President of Hyderabad Badminton Association.

Dipa cites a host of maintenance issues coupled with bad roads across her hometown in Agartala which makes it difficult for her to retain the car.

Sachin with Rio Olympic Heroes and BMW cars (1)

Dipa’s coach Bisheswar Nandi, has stated that the decision to return the car was not Dipa’s, but was a decision taken by her family and himself so as to allow Dipa to concentrate on the upcoming Challengers Cup in Germany.

She has been advised not to bear maintenance costs for the car. The fact that there is no BMW service dealership in Agartala is another reason for the decision to return the gift. Nandi has also spoken to the authorities at the Hyderabad Badminton Association about these problems being faced by Dipa in the maintenance of the car while it has also been suggested that they transfer the equivalent amount of the value of the BMW X1 to Dipa’s bank account.

A new BMW X1 costs anywhere between INR 30-35 lakhs and the family intends to buy a new car with the money once received, which would be better suited to the roads in Agartala.


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Pearl Daniels

Pearl Daniels

Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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  • Nocilis

    She’s not a shuttle, she’s a gymnast

  • Mridhul Kallingal

    x1 is an suv right ..i thought suv can go all roads