After Shobhaa De’s controversial tweet about the Indian athletes went viral on social media for two days, India’s Goodwill Ambassador for the Rio Olympics and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar said something which is a fitting reply to the writer. He said that the Summer Games are the toughest battle ground for any sportsperson and representing the nation is not a joke.
“Olympics are the biggest and most competitive sporting event on Earth. It’s not a joke to represent one’s country. The athletes give their best in their efforts to win a medal. All the Indian athletes in Rio 2016 have my support,” the legendary batsman said here at an event.
“They work for years and years but when you miss out narrowly, you obviously feel bad.”
The Little Master also said that when the athletes do not perform that is the time when they need your support.
“The first half didn’t go our way but you have to support them when the chips are down,” the Bharat Ratna added.
Shobhaa had made this rubbish statement on Twitter on Monday night: “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao (Go to Rio). Selfies lo (Take selfies). Khaali haat wapas aao (Return empty-handed). What a waste of money and opportunity.”