New Delhi: Facing criticism after referring silver and bronze medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, as Rio ‘gold medallist,’ the Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Sunday clarified and said that it was a slip of tongue. 
Giving his justification, Sports Minister said, “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.”
“People shouldn’t make an issue out of a slip of tongue, this can happen at times,” Goel added.
This is not the first time that the Sports Minister had put himself into such controversies. Earlier, Goel faced a lot of flak when he had tweeted a wrong picture of an athlete with a different name and also misspelled Dipa Karmakar’s name on Twitter.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday evening met Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu and Bronze medallist Sakshi Malik at his residence at 7 RCR in New Delhi. Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who was also present in teh meet had said, “Today the Khel Ratna awardee, Dhyan Chand awardees, Dronacharya awardees, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awardees met the Prime Minister. In that we also had two Rio ‘gold medallists’ PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik.” 
During the meet, Vijay Goel praised and lauded Indian athletes PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and wrestler Dipa Karmakar for their performance in the Rio games. 
(With inputs from ANI