Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has come out in support of the Indian athletes who have come under fire from certain sections in the country after failing to win any medal so far in the on-going Rio Olympics.
Speaking to the journalists after his team defeated the West Indies in the third Test to take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the four-match Test series, the batting sensation said that the athletes should be given credits for the hard work they put in to represent the nation at the highest level.
A few days ago noted journalist and columnist faced the wrath of sports persons and fans after she tweeted an embarrassing post for the Indian athletes in which she said that Indian athletes went to the Olympics only to click selfies and waste tax-payers’ money.
But the Indian skipper said that a athletes should not be judged on the basis of an Olympic medal.
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He said, “In an event like the Olympics, you have to see how these athletes prepare. They give their heart and soul. And for some people to ignore what they do, that’s hurtful. We need to give credit. Even in cricket, you can’t perform every game, you can’t win every series.”
While defending his compatriots, Kohli said that the athletes work hard despite the poor facilities in the country and so comparing them with others is very disappointing.
He said, “India’s Olympic athletes give their 100% in what they do and we understand that. Some of them don’t have 10% of the facilities that sportsmen in other country have. And then we sit in our country and compare. That’s disappointing, these athletes are giving their all in getting a medal for us.
“I think we need to stay positive with all the events that are left and we must give credit to the guys that have gone and competed as well. Because it’s so hard for them. If you see the training facilities in other countries you will see the disparity.”
Meanwhile, after wrapping up the series, the Indian team will be looking to end their Caribbean tour on a high by defeating the hosts in the final Test which will start from next Thursday at Port of Spain.