Cricket must be included in the Olympics: Sachin Tendulkar

The cricketing legend was present at Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s book launch event where he revealed his wish to see cricket being included as a sport in the Olympics

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On January 23, cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar launched Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s autobiography ‘Dipa Karmakar- The Small Wonder’. During the launch event, Tendulkar expressed his desire to see cricket in the Olympics in the future and said that he wanted the game to be globalised.

The book based on Dipa Karmakar, a young Indian gymnast who represented the country at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, revealed a different aspect to Karmakar’s life and spoke about the hardship she faced in order to reach the grandest stage, the Olympics.

Being a cricketer, I will say that the game needs to be globalised, without any doubt. Some-time ago, I was there at the 2016 Rio Olympics. I also spoke to Mr. Thomas Bach (IOC President), and told him that I feel cricket should be included (in the Olympics),” said the Little Master.

On the other hand, Karmakar said that just like Rio 2016, she intends to give her best and do the same in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well. While the gymnast aims high and thrives towards her goal, she has been in and out of competitions with a knee injury off late. However, she revealed that a thing like that cannot hinder her aim and she will be contesting the Olympic qualification event which will take place in March this year.

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

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