blog by riya rathore
Sports Minister Vijay Goel’s Rio misadventure continues well after the Olympic are over. To misspelling and mixing up the names of athletes and almost getting his accreditation cancelled in Brazil, Mr Goel has now added what he has called a “slip of tongue”. On Sunday, Mr Goel briefed the media on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with “Rio gold medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik.” “PM Modi today met with Khel Ratna, Dhyaanchand and Dronacharya awardees. The sportspersons also included our two Rio gold medalists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik,” Mr Goel said on camera. While PV Sindhu won a badminton silver, wrestler Sakshi Malik had won a bronze at Rio. A video of the minister’s gaffe was widely shared on Twitter, accompanied by jokes and jibes. Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday wished PV Sindhu on the occasion of her birthday. The Rio Olympics silver medallist turns 22 today, July 5. Goel took to Twitter and hailed the ace shuttler as “a youth icon for millions”. Former India opener Virender Sehwag also took the opportunity to hail the badminton ace. He said, Sindhu is already a legend. a legend and an inspiration already for so many. May the future be even brighter. Sindhu is currently preparing for the BWF World Championships, which is scheduled to be held from August 21–27 in Glasgow, Scotland. Together with Olympic Games, World Championships offers the most ranking points. She has previously won bronze medals at the Championship in 2013 and 2014.Talking about the upcoming tournament, the world no. five had said that, “It is a big event. I am looking forward to it and working hard for the tournament. It is not going to be easy, I have to be at my best.”Last year, Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics. She has since assumed the role of a flag-bearer, along with Saina Nehwal, of Indian women’s badminton.She is also a winner of a Super Series Premier in China Open, 2016 and a Super Series in India Open, 2017 titles.
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