"Seeing Dipa, others will also get inspired and by 2020 we will have atleast 2-3 more girls participating in gymnastics. We have a long way to go," he added. "China started before us, in 2008 they won 8 medals. But this time out of the entire team, only one qualified for the finals. We have participated for the 1st time and were very close to a medal," Nandi explained.

Overwhelmed by the reception Dipa received on her arrival, the gymnast said she still feels disappointed about missing the medal by the smallest of margins. "I was touched by the welcome I received, considering I didn't get a medal. I didn't expect this kind of welcome. It would have been nice had I won a medal, now I have to definitely do something in Tokyo for the people of India," Dipa said.

Trying to fulfill her father's dreams who wanted her to join gymnastics, Dipa's inspiration came in the form of Ashish Kumar who won the Bronze medal in gymnastics in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. "My father liked gymnastics he wanted me to pursue it. Earlier I was not interested but when I saw Ashish bhaiya winning in 2010 and I thought girls should also win," she said.

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