Star Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar has returned the BMW presented to her by Sachin Tendulkar after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and has bought a Hyundai Elantra with the Rs 25 lakh she received.
The 22-year-old Dipa was presented the BMW as a gesture of appreciation for her fine show at Rio.
Dipa returned the luxury car due to the poor condition of roads in Agartala and the absence of a service centre in her hometown.
The BMW, which was handed over to Dipa by Tendulkar, was in fact gifted to her by the Hyderabad District Badminton Association.
There is no showroom or service centre of BMW car in Tripura. There are also not sufficient suitable roads in Agartala and other places of the mountainous state to ply the luxury car," Dipa said.
Authority agreed to deposit money equal to a BMW car cost to her bank account. She would be happy whatever amount they give instead of the BMW car," she added.
Her family bought a car (Elantra) recently, and it was a brand that has a service centre in Agartala.