Indian Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who has been accused for earning an official rebuke from the organisers at the Rio Olympics, returned to India on Sunday morning .He stated that he will clear the ‘misconceptions’ on the Rio controversy surrounding him.
“There are a lot of misconceptions regarding this issue right now which I will clear when the time is right. I will put my side of the story ahead with facts in due time. It’s 2 am right now and I don’t think this is the time to speak on such things,” Goel said on his arrival in India.
Earlier, accusing Goel of bringing disrepute to the nation at the Rio Olympics by flouting rules and codes of decency, the congress on Saturday asserted that Goel could have done his job of cheering the Indian contingency by staying back in the country.
Rio Olympic Organising Committee, in a scathing letter to India’s chef-de-mission Rakesh Gupta, had threatened to cancel the accreditation of Goel for being ‘aggressive and rude’ and trying to bring other non-accredited people at the Games venues.
Goel has been taking selfies with pariticipants , clicking snapshots with the women’s hockey team, the minister had been in the thick of things at the event where the Indian contingent has so far failed to win any medal. He shadowed athletes in Rio for photos, often seconds after the matches.
Goel had denied any tiff with the organisers and had taken to Twitter to say that “there seems to be some misunderstanding” after the controversy blew up.
“To my knowledge, we have been following all rules and regulations. We are committed to the spirit of Olympics and back our Indian players. There seems to be some misunderstanding as we have followed all protocols as advised by the organizers,” Goel tweeted.
The warning about Goel’s accreditation could be revoked reportedly came from Sarah Peterson, the continental manager for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee.
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