‘Poor’ Usain Bolt ate beef, won 9 Olympic medals: BJP MP Udit Raj sparks controversy

Usain Bolt has nine Olympic gold medals to his name– a historic 'triple, triple'. He has won every race he has taken part in at the Olympics, spanning three Games and eight years.

While many wonder how the 'Fastest man alive' has maintained his speed and dominance, a Bhartiya Janata Party leader seems to have an answer. BJP MP and Dalit leader Udit Raj has said that 'poor' Bolt ate 'beef both times' which helped him win nine Olympic medals.

Raj, took to Twitter on Sunday, to make this rather strange statement, considering his party and the current 'cow controversy' around the country.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica was poor and trainer advised him to eat beef both the times and he scored 9 gold medals in Olympic

To nobody's surprise, the tweet received went viral and Raj backtracked. "My remark is in context of allegations that athletes don't have enough facilities," Raj was quoted as saying by News18.

Beef is a emotive issue for BJP whose governments in various states have come out with tough law banning its trade.

Udit Raj, however, tried to play down any controversy saying that he merely repeated what Bolt's trainer had said and all he meant was the athletes can find a way to excel despite adversities and they should not blame circumstances for their failures.

"All I wanted to say that giving excuses that we don't have infrastructure or there is corruption should be done away with and lesson, dedication should be learnt from Usain Bolt... What I wanted to say is our players should find ways and means as he found ways and means," he said, adding there is no lack of facilities for sports persons.

Government spends a huge money on them compared to nations like Jamiaca or Kenya, he said, steering clear of any mention of beef.


Sadden to see #Dalit empowerment translating into Abrahamic worldview of victimhood, beef festivals & anti-Hinduism!

— RamaY (@RamaY_BRF) August 28, 2016

This is not the first time Raj has been in the news for the wrong reasons. According to reports, Udit Raj was previously asked to resign by Arvind Kejrewal, after he said "so-called protectors of the Hindu religion must answer if they consider lives of Dalits to be worth to be of less value than animals."

With inputs from agencies 

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Updated Date: Aug 29, 2016 11:37:34 IST

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