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.
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.