Sports pundits will soon begin to crackdown, as to where Indian athletes went wrong to be able to draw a blank at Rio Olympics. And, once again, there will talk about the attention that non-cricket sports receive in India. Some will blame politicians for simply not being passionate and sincere enough to promote Olympics sports in India.
The politician we think will receive media flack is none other than India’s sports minister, Vijay Goel. Goel’s Olympic selfie obsession had caused considerable embarrassment to the Indian contingent. His action had prompted the Olympics organising committee to issue threats to cancel his accreditation as Goel was accused of being rude and aggressive to staff in Rio.
Now, Goel is again on news, which will cause further agony to him as India begins to debate the athletes’ performance in Olympics.
That’s because the controversial sports minister has pulled off another feat to his credit. Like millions of Indians on Sunday, Goel too posted a congratulatory message for the gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who had narrowly missed out on a medal.
However, to everyone’s utter shock, the message posted by Goel had Karmakar’s name spelled as ‘Karmanakar. As it emerged, Goel had wrongly spelled Dipa’s surname in three different tweets making it abundantly clear that it wasn’t a typo. Two tweets posted by Goel on 7 August had spelled Dipa’s surname as Karmanakar.
Seeing this, many twitter users point out the big mistake of Vijay Goel on twitter, questioned about Sports Minister sports knowledge.
Twitter user Komal Tiwari wrote: Sports minister of India can’t even spell name of the athlete properly. Apna photu chipkane bol do bas ! another user Shuvro Ghoshal wrote, “Our Sports Minister Vijay Goel spells Karmakar as Karmanakar. On the same day, @Abhinav_Bindra accepts his hero is Dipa.”
User WaterWars wrote, “May be 10 pegs down hone ke baad. Brazil yeveen gaye hain kya? Thodi masti-vasti karke tweet karte honge.” Sahil wrote on Twitter, “He bought more shame for India at Rio. Entire BJP govt. has made mockery of India. Ppl r laughing at India. Such a shame.” Another User Luckyparinda tweeted, “Photo, photocopy aur photoshop bas yahi aata hai in nikamme netaon ko.”
We think it’s better if you don’t post a congratulate tweet than post one with a serious mistake, Being a Sports Minister Of India, we expect more from you Mr. Vijay Goel.