New Delhi: While India has been unable to register even a single medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games being held in the Brazilian capital Rio de Janeiro, Sports Minister Vijay Goel has added to India's woes — by exercising his power through 'unaccepted' behaviours.
Vijay Goel, over the past few days, has had plenty of Selfies with Indian athletes who are visibly tired in the pictures. From boxer Vikas Krishnan to vault finalist Dipa Karmakar, Goel has pictures with all of them. It was when the Sports Minister tried to exercise his influence even further when the Rio panel expressed their condemnation.
The organisers of the prestigious event threatened to cancel Goel's accreditation, which means that the minister will not be given the special pass anymore. The panel alleged that Goel, along with some of his associates, had tried to enter areas which were off bounds. It also said that the minister and his company were rude to the officials.
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“We have had multiple reports of your Minister for Sports trying to enter accredited areas at venues with unaccredited individuals. When the staff tried to explain that this is not allowed, they reported that the people with the Minister have become aggressive and rude and sometimes pushed past our staff,” Sarah Peterson, continental manager of Rio 2016 Organising Committee, said.
“As you can understand, this type of behaviour is not acceptable. Despite previous warnings, it would seem that even today the same incident occurred at the Rio Olympic Arena (Gymnastics venue) and Carioca Arena 3," added the official.
But despite the stinging accusation, Goel, however, denied any involvement in miffs with the organisers. In a tweet, he said, "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."