1. AAP slams Sports Minister Vijay Goel for his behavior at Rio Olympics 2016

AAP slams Sports Minister Vijay Goel for his behavior at Rio Olympics 2016

Vijay Goel has been issued a warning by the organizers at Rio Olympics after he along with his entourage tried to enter areas that were off bounds.

By: | Published: August 12, 2016 10:59 AM
goel-L Responding to these allegations, Goel tweeted that there has been some misunderstanding, as they have been following the advised protocols and are committed to the spirit of Olympics and are there to back the Indian contingent. (Source: IE)

Rio Olympics 2016 is a much talked about event right now, but what is getting even more attention is the behaviour of Indian sports minister Vijay Goel. The latter has been issued a warning after he along with his entourage tried to enter areas that were off bounds. It is also reported that those accompanying the Minister were “aggressive and rude”. In a letter, Sarah Peterson, continental manager of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, asked Rakesh Gupta, India’s chef de mission, to pass on the warning to the minister. With such a news making rounds, AAP was quick to react.

Attacking Goel for such a behavior, AAP spokesperson Ashutosh on Friday tweeted that the former has shamed the country at Rio and brought disreputation to the country.

“We have had multiple reports of your Minister for Sports trying to enter accredited areas at venues with unaccredited individuals. When the staff tried to explain that this is not allowed, they reported that the people with the Minister have become aggressive and rude and sometimes pushed past our staff,” said Sarah Peterson in the letter.

She added that this incident has been repeated quite a number of time and if it is observed again, the accreditation of the minister shall stand cancelled.

“Should our protocol team be made aware of further examples of this type of behaviour, the accreditation of your Minister for Sports will be cancelled and his privileges at the Olympic Games withdrawn. We trust you will pass on this message urgently,” she said.

Responding to these allegations, Goel tweeted that there has been some misunderstanding, as they have been following the advised protocols and are committed to the spirit of Olympics and are there to back the Indian contingent.

Chef-de-mission Gupta however says that there is no truth in these allegations.The sports minister is currently in Rio to cheer the Indian contingent and to monitor team’s well being.

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