Having the support of countrymen may just be an athlete’s secret weapon to succeed on the highest stage and it is just disappointing and disheartening to see a renowned personality like Shobhaa De taking a dig at those athletes.
The popular novelist and columnist questioned the determination and focus of the athletes who are representing India at the Rio Olympics. So far, the Indian athletes have failed to bag even one medal. Barring exceptional performances by gymnast Dipa Karmakar to reach the final round and Abhinav Bhagwat missing bronze narrowly, things have been disappointing so far for the nation. However, that is absolutely not a reason to point fingers towards the athletes, who work day in day out to qualify for the biggest sporting extravaganza of the world. And in a country like India where athletes face problems at every step, their journey should be highly praised.
But Shobhaa De baffled everyone when she took to Twitter to take a dig at those athletes. The 68-year old post on Twitter read: “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity.”
Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity.
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) August 8, 2016
In reply to Sobhaa De’s tweet India’s most renowned Olympian, who won Gold in Beijing and finish at fourth position in Rio, tweeted…
@DeShobhaa that’s a tad unfair. You should be proud of your athletes perusing human excellence against the whole world.
— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 9, 2016
As expected the tweet did not go down too well with the fans, and they lashed out heavily at her.
Here are some of the tweets:
Goal of @DeShobhaa : Porn books likho. Twitter pe bakwas pelo. Faltu oxygen ko carbondioxide main badlo. Wht a waste of space and human life
— Nupur (@UnSubtleDesi) August 8, 2016
Olympians train hard and learnt things hard way…never mind these shobhaa de s will not know or understand that… https://t.co/2VztfyRpS2
— venkat sundararajan (@vnktabi) August 8, 2016
If there was a medal for writing crap and being venomous, Shobhaa ji would surely win a GOLD for us ! https://t.co/cnBcC70nKq
— Vishakha (@VishakhaJ18) August 8, 2016
@DeShobhaa Goal of Shobha de on twitter : Online aao. Bina matlab ki baat karo. Gaali khao. Wapas ajao.
— Smoking Skills (@SmokingSkills_) August 8, 2016
This very regressive attitude is why sports does not become mainstream in India. Losing is made to feel like a shame https://t.co/gTM6lKxjEn
— Saiswaroopa (@Sai_swaroopa) August 8, 2016
@DeShobhaa utterly disgusting. Wish you had been born to one of these families whose wards have struggled to represent India for selfies
— arun kakar (@arunkakar) August 8, 2016
Glass is either half full or Shobhaa De.
— *Prachiekins* (@Prachiekins) August 8, 2016
Goal of a page 3 intellectual. Party karo. Photo khichwao. Khaali bakwaas karo. What a waste of paper. pic.twitter.com/GTOlDJLNvl
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) August 8, 2016
Shameless. What have u done for these players?What opportunity have u given them?They have earned it wit hard work.. https://t.co/XSqKl6RVXW
— Voice of Assam (@VoiceOfAxom) August 8, 2016
@DeShobhaa shut up u pathetic looser!! If u cant support them, be quite.
— aditya (@aditya2528) August 8, 2016
— Janvi Mehta (@mehta_janvi) August 8, 2016
How utterly churlish & ignorant can you be? Do you realise the level of striving to get too that league? https://t.co/5T87kYxSeH
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) August 8, 2016