They say form is temporary but class is permanent. The same can be said about ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who despite an early exit from the Rio Olympics 2016, still has the grace and dignity of a world class badminton player.
But trolls on the internet are always looking for their moment of glory by targeting celebrities and athletes.
One such troll took to micro blogging website Twitter, telling the injured Nehwal to "pack her bags" as India now had PV Sindhu.
"Dear saina, pack ur bags. We hav found someone who knows how to beat the best ones," he said, clearly trying to rile up the 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner.
@NSaina dear saina...pack ur bags..we hav found someone who knows how to beat the best ones
— anshul sagar (@ImAnshS6) August 18, 2016
But the former world number one badminton player, Olympic bronze medallist and World Championship silver medalist handled the troll with dignity, without getting riled up herself. "Sure, thank you," she said. "Sindhu is doing really well. India is doing really well."
However, while Saina herself was courteous and polite, the same couldn't be said about her fans, who sent in a barrage of responses, defending the champion and shaming the troll, forcing him to apologise.Here are some of the responses of Nehwal's fans to the troll's tweet:
Nehwal had lost the women's singles league encounter to Ukraine's Maria Ulitina. Seen as a shock defeat at the time, it was later revealed that she had suffered a knee injury during the match, which may have led to her exit. Nevertheless, it is always good to see a champion take things in their stride and displaying grace outside the arena as well. In the end, the man had to offer another clarification, stating that he had in fact apologized to Nehwal:
In the current scenario, of ugly Twitter warfare and insinuating responses thereafter, Nehwal clearly showed that there are better, more dignified ways of handling such miscreants on the internet.
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Updated Date: Aug 20, 2016 16:29:11 IST