India’s Sports Minister has been in news for all the wrong reasons during Rio Olympics 2016. Recently, he got athlete Dipa Karmakar’s name wrong while congratulating her on Twitter. He called her Dipa Karmanakar and drew a lot of flak on social media for goofing up with the name of an athlete who’s won hearts over in the country. “Best of luck Dipa Karmanakar, Indian Artistic Gymnastic, Women’s vault #KheloIndia #JeetoRio” he tweeted. Could it be a typo? Well, it still didn’t go down well with many.
But this time, he apparently got confused between the athletes Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda. He tweeted his best wishes to Nanda with an image of Chand. “Best wishes to #IND #athlete Srabani Nanda, Women’s 200m #JeetoRio #KheloIndia,” he tweeted.
And just like last time, people were quick to notice the problem of mistaken identity, but the fact that a mistake like this coming was made by sports minister himself raised quite a few red flags, and Netizens were quick to not only spot the problem but also leave no stone unturned to make their thoughts known to Goel.
Goel also hit headlines when he tried to take selfies with exhausted athletes in Rio and was trolled on social media for the same. Apparently, he was chasing athletes for selfies and took a photo with visibly tired boxer Vikas Krishan and even Dipa Karmakar, whose name he misspelt.