Agartala: First Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar returned home yesterday amid loud cheers from thousand of fans, who had thronged the Agartala airport here.

Dipa Karmakar
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar (centre) is thronged by fans upon her arrival at IGI Airport in New Delhi on Thursday. — PTI

Dipa and her coach, Bisweswar Nandi, who arrived from

Delhi this morning, were received at the Agartala airport by the Director of Sports of the state, Dulal Das, Secretary of the Sports Council of Tripura, Dilip Chakraborty.

After a hectic schedule at Rio de Janeiro and a long journey back home, Dipa is now looking forward to stay with her parents for a week. “Now I’ll prepare myself to participate in the Olympic game and would put every effort to bring a medal for the country. I have come here to stay with my parents for about a week and have home maid food prepared by my mother,” she told reporters.

She booked her Rio ticket after qualifying in artistic gymnastics following a total score of 52.698 points in the Test event.

She also won the gold medal in vault final in the event.