Inside the murky world of Indian gymnastics
Dipa Karmakar's stellar show at the Olympics owed nothing to the sport's governing body, which has done everything in its power to nip any development in the bud
In March 2015, gymnast G. Shyam Sundar, then 18 years old, received a letter. Signed by a deputy director of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), the text was short and the prose terse. Sundar, the letter instructed, had to vacate the hostel room he had been living in for the past five years within a week. Sundar was not surprised. He had been warned about it around a month ago. But he had hoped someone, somewhere in the complex hierarchy of Indian sports’ bureaucratic web, would step in. No one did.