Rio Olympics 2016: Vijay Goel messes up again, mistakes Dutee Chand for Srabani Nanda

Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel suffered yet another another foot-in-mouth moment when he wished track and field athlete Srabani Nanda ahead of her event in the Rio Olympics 2016 on social media, using the image of Dutee Chand.

Goel, who was slammed for his intrusive behaviour during his visit to the host city for the ongoing games, wished Nanda the best on microblogging website Twitter, in which he used the image of Dutee Chand, whose pursuit for a berth in the women's 100m semi-finals ended in disappointment.



The minister had earlier wished gymnast Dipa Karmakar ahead of her appearance in women's vault finals, in which Goel not only misspelled her name, but also used an image of himself in the post on Twitter, instead of the athlete.



Goel spelt her name as 'Karmanakar'. Karmakar went on to miss the bronze medal by a whisker, although the feat of finishing fourth in the finals of an event in which no Indian woman had ever participated before was historic in itself.

On both occasions, Twitter trolls had a field day as they ridiculed the Sports Minister for not getting his basics right. Goel later deleted both posts but that did not stop the Twitterati from having a go at Goel as they circulated the screenshots of the tweets.









Earlier during his visit to Rio de Janeiro, Goel allegedly entered accredited areas accompanied by non-accredited persons. The Rio Olympic Organising Committee then wrote to India's Chef de Mission Rakesh Gupta and informed him about this misconduct.

The Continental Manager for the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, Sarah Peterson, in the letter said that despite earlier warnings, the action was repeated, adding that this "type of behaviour is not acceptable and the minister's accreditation could be cancelled".

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Aug 16, 2016 04:08 AM

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