Vijay Goel’s foot-in-mouth moments refuse to die down, even after the Olympic Games held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil is over. Goel, who on Sunday had referred to Silver medallist P.V. Sindhu and Bronze medallist Sakshi Malik as “Gold Medallists”, later clarified the comment by saying that what he said was a ‘slip of tongue’. After the conclusion of the games, all the players and officials are now back in India, but Sports Minister Vijay Goel still remains Olympic controversies’ favourite child.
While interacting with the media, Goel informed about how several players, met PM Narendra Modi, including winners of Khel Ratna, Dronacharya, Dhyanchand and Tenzing Norgay. He then went on to add two other players – PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik – and referred to them as ‘gold medallists’. Goel later clarified his statement by saying, “One should not make an issue of it. It was just a slip of tongue, I wanted to say medallist, but ended up saying gold medallist. It happens at times. Who knows, might be with god’s grace, we might a bag gold medal in the coming years,” said Goel.
In a video clip shared by ANI news agency, Goel can be seen speaking in the media address. After the incident, Goel tried to salvage the issue and said, “I wanted to say medallist but ended up saying gold medallist and anyway, who knows we might bag a gold medal in the coming years.”
Goel, since he became the Sports minister, has been involved in one controversy or the other. He was almost on the verge of getting his accreditation cancelled at Rio Olympics, where the organisers cited his rude and aggressive behaviour. He had also misspelt Olympian Dipa Karmakar’s name as “Dipa Karmanakar”. In a tweet, he confused athletes Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda. And now with the confusion with the medals won by our Indians at the Olympics, it remains to be seen, how long people can troll him till it gets enough and government might have to step in and take action.
(with agency inputs)