Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who is under fire for earning an official rebuke from the organisers at the Rio Olympics, returned to the national capital on the wee hours of Sunday morning and stated that he will clear the ‘misconceptions’ on the controversy surrounding him with solid facts.
“There are a lot of misconceptions regarding this issue right now which I will clear when the time is right. I will put my side of the story ahead with facts in due time. It’s 2 am right now and I don’t think this is the time to speak on such things,” Goel said on his arrival here.
Earlier, accusing Goel of bringing disrepute to the nation at the Rio Olympics by flouting rules and codes of decency, the Congress on Saturday asserted that Goel could have done his job of taking care and cheering the Indian contingency by staying back in the country.
Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said that it was ‘unfortunate and disappointing’ that under the garb of cheering the Indian squad at the Olympics, the team of minister were busy in ‘self glorification’.
The Rio Olympic Organising Committee, in a scathing letter to India’s chef-de-mission Rakesh Gupta, had threatened to cancel the accreditation of Goel for being ‘aggressive and rude’ and trying to bring other non-accredited people at the accredited areas of the Games venues.
Denying his involvement in any miff with the Summer Games organisers, the Sports Minister wrote on Twitter that there seems to be some misunderstanding.
“To my knowledge, we have been following all rules and regulations. We are committed to the spirit of Olympics and back our Indian players. There seems to be some misunderstanding as we have followed all protocols as advised by the organizers,” Goel tweeted.
The warning about Goel’s accreditation could be revoked reportedly came from Sarah Peterson, the continental manager for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee.