New Delhi: With India suffering a medal drought at the Rio Olympics 2016 and the country's reputation being inflicted with a damaging tan by Sports Minister Vijay Goel's tantrums, Haryana Minister Anil Vij has reached Rio de Janeiro to 'stand by the Indian players'.
"I want to stand by our players and see what problems they are facing," said the 63-year-old minister, who is the latest face in the non-playing Indian contingent in Brazil.
But, according to reports, the fresh delegation from Haryana was missing from key events. The minister and his team were not visible at all during the quarter-final boxing match of Vikash Krishnan, Ravinder Khatri or Seema Punia's.
During the Independence Day however, the minister was seen addressing some Indian audience about how Indian players were going to take the Indian nation to the top.
Albeit Vij's visit might not help in eradicating India’s zero-medal problem, his trip to Rio has caused a tear in the pocket of the Haryana govt. The 8-member delegation cost the Haryana almost one crore rupees.
When approached by a reporter, the minister had this to say, "I am here to see what problems our players are facing and how we can overcome them."
Indian ministers accompanying Indian athletes to Rio have created an unfavourable climate for India at the prestigious international event. Sports Minister Vijay Goel was earlier warned by the Olympic authorities for his inappropriate behaviours.