Vijay Goel calls Sindhu, Sakshi ‘gold medallists’, says it was ‘slip of tongue’

Union minister of state for sports and youth affairs Vijay Goel faced criticism for referring to Rio Games bronze medal-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik and silver medal-winning shutter P V Sindhu as ‘gold medallists’ on Sunday. The minister on Monday clarified it was just a slip of tongue.

“Today the Khel Ratna awardee, Dhyan Chand awardees, Dronacharya awardees, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awardees met the Prime Minister. In that, we also had two Rio gold medallists — PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik,” Goel had told media in New Delhi late Sunday.
After his reference to the two Indian players as gold medallists was laughed about and criticised by many, the sports minister on Monday said “it happens”.
“One should not make an issue of it. It was just a slip of tongue, I wanted to say medallist, but ended up saying gold medallist. It happens at times. Who knows, might be with god’s grace, we might a bag gold medal in the coming years,” said Goel.
Goel had earlier met Sindhu and Malik in the national capital and lauded them for bringing honour to the nation at Rio.
“In the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address (on Sunday), the Prime Minister has encouraged the players of the Rio Olympics and other players. I think their dedication to their games deserves a national welcome. We will keep taking initiatives that will take sports forward. We will also prepare for the upcoming Olympics for 2020, 26, 28,” he added.