How about platinum medal for his stupidity: Twitterati slams Telangana minister for his ‘better coach’ remark for PV Sindhu

When will off-hand remarks not mar our Olympics celebrations?

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2016 2:47:15 pm
Olympic Silver medalist PV Sindhu along with her coach Pullela Gopichand receives warm welcome by people in Hyderabad on Monday. (Source: PTI) Olympic Silver medalist PV Sindhu along with her coach Pullela Gopichand receives warm welcome by people in Hyderabad on Monday. (Source: PTI)

Rio 2016 Olympics have ended and India is celebrating the achievements of our two sportswomen who have made us proud, creating history when we had given up hope. However, much of the celebrations were marred by stupid remarks, tussle and blame game.

When ace shuttler and Olympian PV Sindhu returned to India after coming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal in badminton, series of embarrassing events took place. While the recently bifurcated states, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana fought a tug of war to claim Sindhu as their own, they forgot she belongs to the nation and not just some state alone. There were disappointment too, when it came to light that people searched for Sindhu’s caste after her victory. While India, hugely cricket loving nation got glued to television screen overcoming their love for the gentleman’s game, our politicians could not overcome their differences.

In what will go down as an embarrassing moment for the Telangana state government and for politicos waiting to bank on the medallists at the Rio Olympics, the state deputy CM Mahmood Ali reportedly made an off-hand remark at coach Pullela Gopichand.

Pullela Gopichand became a hero after PV Sindhu’s win at Rio Olympics because he is the one who has made her what she is today, owner of a silver medal earned at the prestigious international multi-sport event. The former All England Champion is called ‘the power behind PV Sindhu’ for a reason because he has invested in his ward enough to beat the world champions.

Prior to PV Sindhu’s silver medal felicitation ceremony at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad, Ali reportedly said, “We are planning to give PV Sindhu proper coaching so that she can get gold medal next time.” Well, even if it wasn’t intentional, it did hurt the sentiments of many on social media given that he single-handedly helped shape a winner out of the player. “The coach that she has right now (Gopichand) is also good but beyond that, we wish for her to get a gold from the next tournament,” he added.

Coach Gopichand is not only responsible for Sindhu’s victory feat at Rio Olympics but also for Saina Nehwal’s bronze medal at the London Olympics. He is also the guiding force for many other shuttlers such as K Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap. And to ridicule him just before his felicitation was outrageous.

As soon as the minister’s remark was reported, people slammed him for his ‘callous’ remark.

Here is how people to social media to vent out their anger:

Singer and music composer Vishal Dadlani asked politicians to just simple stay away

Some asked the minister to get medical help

While some pleaded him, not to ruin Sindhu’s career

Others angrily said may be he will order inquiry

One sarcastically asked a medal for the minister

But apparently, despite needing a ‘better coach’ for Sindhu, the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments have announced cash reward of Rs1 crore and Rs50 lakh for Sindhu and Gopichand, respectively!

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