Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra, who appeared in his final Olympics at Rio 2016 and narrowly missed a podium finish, has hit back strongly at author Shobhaa De for mocking Indian Olympians currently in Rio 2016. Shobhaa had tweeted: “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao (Go to Rio). Selfies lo (Take selfies). Khaali haat wapas aao (Return empty-handed). What a waste of money and opportunity. Only hope? Dependable Abhinav Bindra. Aim for gold, champion!”
To this, star shooter Bindra responded, saying: “Shobhaa De, that’s a tad unfair. You should be proud of your athletes pursuing human excellence against the whole world.”
Bindra, India’s sole individual Olympic gold medallist, finished fourth in the final of the men’s 10-metre Air Rifle at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Rio de Janeiro. It was swan song to his glorious career as he had announced earlier before that he would retire after Rio Olympics 2016.
Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity.
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) August 8, 2016
The men’s hockey team suffered a late 1-2 defeat to Germany, while the women’s hockey side was thrashed 0-3 by Britain in group stages in a disappointing Monday’s campaign for India at the Rio Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Adding to the disappointment was archer Laxmirani Majhi, who crashed out in the round of 32 eliminators.
Actress Gul Panag wrote: “Lots of lament about medal tally, but no lament about lack of fitness culture (which builds a sporting nation) Abhinav Bindra, Shobhaa De.”
@DeShobhaa that’s a tad unfair. You should be proud of your athletes perusing human excellence against the whole world.
— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 9, 2016
“Abhinav Bindra, And do so despite of and in spite of there being no infra and institutional support, and no sporting culture.”
Actor Nikhil Dwivedi also didn’t appreciate Shobhaa’s comments.
“Another gem from Shobhaa De. The state has failed our sportsmen. They strive very hard. Don’t mock them,” he tweeted.
Shobhaa De was criticised by more Twitter users.
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 8, 2016
One wrote: “Shobhaa De Don’t behave like Anti-National dog. Always supporting Jihadi and against Hinduism. Shame on your ***king face.”
Other user wrote: “Shobhaa De is that 0.1% germ which even Dettol can’t kill.”
@DeShobhaa a little harsh to belittle the hard work put in by our athletes …don’t you think ?
— Somdev Devvarman (@SomdevD) August 8, 2016
@DeShobhaa Goal of Shobha de on twitter : Online aao. Bina matlab ki baat karo. Gaali khao. Wapas ajao.
— Smoking Skills (@SmokingSkills_) August 8, 2016
This very regressive attitude is why sports does not become mainstream in India. Losing is made to feel like a shame https://t.co/gTM6lKxjEn
— Saiswaroopa (@Sai_swaroopa) August 8, 2016