The Rio Olympics are over. The players and officials are back in India. But it seems Sports Minister Vijay Goel’s series of Rio gaffes are far from over. After managing to almost getting his accreditation cancelled at the Games for his rude and aggressive behaviour, after misspelling the name of Dipa Karmakar as “Dipa Karmanakar”, and confusing the athletes Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda in tweet (he sent his best wishes to Nanda, but posted a picture of Chand), he recently confused the actual awards won by our star players at the Olympics, and took it on to himself to award them both gold medals.
During an interaction with the media, Goel spoke about how several athletes – Khel Ratan awardees, Dhyanchand awardees, Dronacharya awardees, Tenzing Norgay awardees – who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. To this list he added that there were two others who were also part of the group – Rio Olympics “gold medallists” PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik.
News agency ANI shared a clipping of the gaffe on its Twitter handle, and there was immediate reaction from the Twitterati. Though, Goel tried to salvage the situation later by saying, “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”, the damage was already done.
From asking for his resignation to those he thought he probably should be sent back to Rio, to even dragging poor Kejriwal into the loop, trolls were merciless when it came to tweeting out at the sports minister.
Watch the video here.
#WATCH “Rio Olympics gold medallists PV Sindhu & Sakshi Malik met PM Modi today,” says Sports Minister Vijay Goelhttps://t.co/5LiKwExkv7
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 28, 2016
Here’s how Twitter erupted:
Why Vijay Goel came back from Rio, Govt should have spent some more bucks and kept him out of India .. His Hangover is still not gone
— Lolwale (Olympian) (@sabkilengayab) August 28, 2016
When somebody says Vijay Goel what are you reminded of?
— Håståkshår (@Oh__Twaddi) August 28, 2016
“Rio Olympic Gold Medallists PV Sindhu & Sakshi Malik met PM today- Vijay Goel”
Its Kejriwal fault, too many licensed liquor shops in Delhi!
— Arun Shourie (@MirrorShourie) August 28, 2016
— Sagar Gaba (@starnskyin) August 28, 2016
Mr. Vijay Goel, is this sleeping or slipping!! https://t.co/0bG0l9kF0B
— Biswatosh Sinha (@biswatosh) August 28, 2016
The scary thing is that Vijay Goel may not even have peaked yet pic.twitter.com/MH6WOWRGbC
— IndiaExplained (@IndiaExplained) August 28, 2016
Vijay Goel is Ameesha Patel of Politics.
— Nirzary (@nonziponzi) August 28, 2016
Can someone please send Vijay Goel back to Rio?
— Nehr-who? (@threeinchfooll) August 28, 2016
‘Comedy Nights with Vijay Goel’ shuru karwaao koi!
— Aisi Taisi Democracy (@AisiTaisiDemo) August 28, 2016
@Being_Humor Suniel Shetty will address that issue, Vijay goel on plane to US as i tweet
— Mithun (@muttonnair) August 28, 2016
Vijay Goel is the real gold medalist ????
— Sanjheev ? (@sanjheev10) August 28, 2016
— Shehzad Poonawalla (@Shehzad_Ind) August 28, 2016
Dear Vijay Goel,
If you ever want to discuss ‘Optimum utilisation of fertilizers for better crop’, please meet ME.
— . (@ShiriishKunder) August 28, 2016
As you can see, that wasn’t all that Goel was trolled for today. Earlier he had tweeted about his meeting with actor Suniel Shetty, with whom he discussed “constructive steps for the encouragement & development of sports in India” – an interaction that was met with much puzzlement and humour.
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