Bishweshwar Nandi – Gymnastics
Bishweshwar Nandi, a 5-time national champion and also a part of the 1982 Asian Games contingent held in Delhi, forayed into a coaching role to mentor budding gymnasts in the country. Battling major social issues and obstacles and with no proper training equipment available, Mr. Nandi set out in the journey to train a young girl Dipa Karmakar into a world-class gymnast.
In a sport where medals slip away due a 0.001 point difference, Mr. Nandi helped Dipa get better each day. In one instance, when Dipa was diagnosed with flatfoot, a condition which affects the quality of the jump, Mr. Nandi came to the fore. He motivated her to fight and helped her rehabilitate through conditioning exercises.
From toiling away for 17 long years to barely missing a podium finish at the Rio Olympics, the duo has come a long way, thus making Mr. Nandi one of the 5 best Indian coaches.