Rio Olympics 2016: Twitterati slam Shobhaa De for her 'waste of money' comment on Indian athletes

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Rio de Janeiro,Aug 9: Well known Indian columnist and novelist Shobhaa De invited controversy last evening (August 8) after she tweeted mocking the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics 2016.

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Shobhaa had tweeted, "Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity."

Abhinav Bindra competes in the Men's 10m Air Rifle Final at Rio Olympics 2016

Indians were angry as they could not accept a jibe on the country's athletes and responded in numbers on social media.

It was yet another disappointing day for the Indians at the games as ace Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra narrowly missed out on yet another Olympic medal. Bindra finished 4th in the finals. [Abhinav Bindra speaks after missing bronze]

His partner Gagan Narang was eliminated earlier who was competing in the same category as Bindra. Also the Indian men's hockey side conceded defeat to the mighty German side.

Indians had successfully held the defending champions until the last few seconds. Germany scored the winning goal just 3 seconds before the finall whistle. The medal drought continued for the country on the 3rd day too.

The performance so far is definitely below par but that does not mean that someone can attack the country's athletes and insult them on a public forum.

This harsh tweet created a huge uproar among Indians who slammed the novelist on twitter for insulting comment. 


Here is a compilation of some of the tweets in reply to Shobhaa

Before the start of the games Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several other politicians, sportspersons and celebrities had conveyed their best wishes to the Indian contingent and they had said they are proud of them.

 

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