New Delhi, Apr 25: Dipa Karmakar, who has the distinction of becoming the first woman Indian gymnast to qualify for Olympics, today called on Union Minister Jitendra Singh, who assured her all help from the government to achieve her goal of winning a medal at the global event. Congratulating Dipa on her feat, Singh said the entire nation was proud of her and he personally took special pride in it because she achieved the distinction at a time when he was the Minister in-charge of North-East. Also Read - Chris Gayle Wants Cricket's T10 Format to be Included in Olympics

Dipa has set an example, not only for girls across India but the entire world by opting for a sport which is not only difficult but also involves a lot of hard work and risk taking capacity, he said. (ALSO READ: Will look to continue creating history: Dipa Karmakar) Also Read - Breakdancing Becomes an Olympic Sport, Will Make Its Debut in Paris 2024

The Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a special mention of Dipa’s achievement while addressing the convocation of Shri Mata Vaishano Devi University in Jammu last week. Assuring Dipa of all government assistance, the Minister said he had already discussed about her with Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who had issued orders for special support to her. 22-year-old Dipa, who hails from Tripura, is the first Indian gymnast and first woman to qualify for Olympics after 52 years. Also Read - Too Early to Know Tokyo 2020 Solutions, Says IOC Chief