Another embarrassment, Vijay Goel thinks India won two gold medals in Rio
Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel suffered yet another foot-in-mouth moment on Sunday when he referred Silver and Bronze medallists P.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, respectively, as “Gold medallist” despite the fact that he stayed at Rio with Indian players throughout the Olympics.”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’ P.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik,” Goel told the media here.Khel Ratna awardees, Dhyan Chand awardees,Dronacharya awardees,Tenzing Norgay awardees also met PM today: Vijay Goel pic.twitter.com/PXyYHGZoNF ANI (@ANI_news) August 28, 2016″Today in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address Prime Minister has encouraged the players of RIO Olympics and other players. I think their dedication for their games deserves a national welcome. We will keep taking initiatives that will take sports forward. We will also prepare for the upcoming Olympics for 2020, 26, 28,” he added.PM MODI MEETS RIO MEDALLISTSMeanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sindhu and Malik at his residence.Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi in his Mann Ki Baat address said India’s daughters have made the nation proud at the just concluded summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”We won Rio Olympics medals. Our daughters proved themselves once again, that they are not less than anyone. Sports needs motivation and the public is the best entity to do it. Dipa Karmakar stood at 4th position…it was great. It is very good to know that our nation wants us to focus on extracurricular activities,” he added. (Also Read: Tendulkar presents BMW cars to athletes)advertisementHe said that the nation should be proud of the achievements of Karmakar, P. V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, but strive at the same to take this momentum of glory forward.He said that the aim of the task force would be to assess the performance of Indian sportspersons at the Rio Olympics as also to recommend overall strategy for sports facilities, training, selection procedure and other related matters. (He asked me Maarogi to Nahi: Sakshi on her meeting with PM Modi)As per media reports, the task force has been asked to submit its report to the Prime Minister’s Office by the end of September.