During Dipa Karmakar’s book launch, she and chief guest Sachin Tendulkar played a Rapid fire session.

Tendulkar also heaped praise on Dipa, saying she has not only left an impression, but also motivated thousands of youngsters to go out and do something special for our country and that is what matters.

Karmakar, who became an overnight star after finishing at a creditable fourth place in the Valut event at the Rio Games, said she was preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification.

I will be competing in Olympic qualification event in March. Now the criteria for getting qualification has changed drastically, said Karmakar.

This criteria is very tough for the countries like us, who are not developed much in gymnastics. But, I am preparing and trying at my best (to get that qualification).

Karmakar shared several anecdotes about her coach Nandi and also spoke about the contribution of Dr Anant Joshi, who operated her following the knee injury.

Former Olympians M M Somaiya, Dhanraj Pillay, Viren Rasquinha, former badminton player Aparna Popat, former shooter Suma Shirur along with an array of sports-stars were present at the event.