India has sent its largest-ever contingent to the Olympics this year. And while Indians on social media have been cheering on the contingent at the 2016 Rio Olympics, writer Shobhaa De has drawn flak for tweeting that sending the sportspersons to Brazil was a waste of time and money.
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
Why do we bother with the Olympics ?— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) August 7, 2016
Her tweet came even as star shooter Abhinav Bhindra lost by a narrow margin of 0.5 in the shoot out to come fourth in the finals of the 10m air pistol.
Many users slammed De, accusing her of dismissing the hard work that the athletes have put in to qualify for the sporting event.
On her part, De clarified saying that her tweet was a dig at the Sports Ministry and was an attempt to provoke them into improving the infrastructure for the nation's sportspeople. She said that while she was supporting the athletes, she would not apologise for her tweets.
A number of celebrities, athletes and social media users took to Twitter to criticise De:
@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
. @DeShobhaa you are a stupid human and a terrible waste of oxygen. I'm not even trolling you. I'm genuinely asking you to stop thinking.— Sahil Shah (@SahilBulla) August 8, 2016
Ms. De, kindly run on the hockey pitch for 60 mins & hold a rifle like Abhinav and Gagan. Bit tougher than u think https://t.co/XwZFKqZJjn— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 8, 2016