Shobhaa De in soup as celebrities slam her Olympic tweets
Several sportspersons have unitedly condemned author Shobhaa De for criticising Indian athletes for their medal no-show at the Rio Olympics so far.
Mumbai/Rio de Janeiro: Several sportspersons have unitedly condemned author Shobhaa De for criticising Indian athletes for their medal no-show at the Rio Olympics so far.
Shobhaa tweeted on Monday night:
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 comment was made after 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 on Monday. Archer Laxmirani Majhi also added to the disappointment, crashing out in the Round of 32 eliminators.
The comment was considered offensive and unfair by many well known Indian sportspersons, many of them have voiced their disapproval on social media platforms and television.
India's sole individual Olympic gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra, also missed the opportunity of winning another Olympic medal by a miniscule margin, finishing fourth in the final of the men's 10-metre Air Rifle final on Monday.
He was quick to hit back at Shobhaa.
@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
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar also took a similar stance saying on television: "DeShobhaa should spend a day with the athletes, then she will get to know their hardwork."
India's badminton doubles specialist Jwala Gutta blasted the Mumbai-based author for poor attitude on Twitter:
@DeShobhaa maybe things will change when the attitude of people like urself change!!!!😐😐 #Proudindian #proudsportsperson— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 8, 2016
Tennis player Somdev Devvarman also wrote on Twitter:
@DeShobhaa a little harsh to belittle the hard work put in by our athletes ...don't you think ?— Somdev Devvarman (@SomdevD) August 8, 2016
Two-time Asian Games gold medallist long jumper Anju Bobby said: "Now is the time to support out India team not criticise them. I am hopeful that the Indian team will return in winning ways at Rio."
Former men's hockey team's captain Viren Rasquinha urged Shobhaa on Twitter to emulate what sportspersons do on their respective fields:
Ms. De, kindly run on the hockey pitch for 60 mins & hold a rifle like Abhinav and Gagan. Bit tougher than u think https://t.co/XwZFKqZJjn— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 8, 2016
Shobhaa was also criticised by many from the Bollywood film fraternity and other Twitter users.
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 @DeShobhaa— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) August 9, 2016
@Abhinav_Bindra And do so despite of and in spite of there being no infra & institutional support, and no sporting culture @DeShobhaa— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) August 9, 2016
Actor Nikhil Dwivedi also didn't appreciate Shobhaa's comments.
Another gem from @DeShobhaa The state has failed our sportsmen. They strive very hard. Don't mock them. pic.twitter.com/1OSaL7YPBH— Nikhil Dwivedi (@Nikhil_Dwivedi) August 8, 2016
But despite the backlash, Shobhaa has refused to apologise for her statement.
In an interview to a news channel, the author said: "Yes, of course I stand by it. Players are entitled to an opinion. In fact, I did comment about Abhinav (Bindra) being our sole hope."