Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarian Udit Raj was trolled on Twitter on Monday for posting that Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won nine Olympic medals because the star athlete’s trainer advised him to eat beef.
So much so that Raj had to issue a clarification saying he cited Jamaica to suggest “poor infrastructure and poverty” did not thwart Bolt. He stressed India, where cow slaughter is banned in many states, has to find its way to Olympic glory in accordance with the prevailing “circumstances”.
“It’s 200% wrong to interpret my comment as an endorsement of beef eating,” he told HT.
Usain bolt of Jamaica was poor and trainer advised him to eat beef both the times and he scored 9 gold medals in Olympic— Dr. Udit Raj, MP (@Dr_Uditraj) August 28, 2016
I intended to convey-players & society to look at ways to win in games rather blaming circumstances & Govt & eating is their choice— Dr. Udit Raj, MP (@Dr_Uditraj) August 29, 2016
As usain bolt &trainer found ways and means to win medals similarly our players and trainers should do as per their circumstances— Dr. Udit Raj, MP (@Dr_Uditraj) August 29, 2016
The 29-year-old Bolt retired after winning three medals at his pet events -- 100m race, 200m race and 100*4 relay -- at the recently concluded Rio Olympics, bagging nine medals altogether over three Games.
The Delhi leader’s reference to Bolt came at a time there is intense scrutiny of India’s performance in Rio, where the country’s 118 athletes managed to secure just two medals -- one silver and the other bronze.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the setting up of a task force to chart the road map for the next three Games even as experts have suggested better facilities and protein-rich diet for athletes.
Raj’s comments did not go down well with many Twitter users at a time attacks in different parts of the country by so-called cow protectors have set off alarms bells in the government, with PM Modi publicly rebuking such self-styled vigilantes.
On Twitter, some also pointed out that there was no direct link between the consumption of beef and winning a medal at the Olympics, suggesting training facilities and talent were also key to success.
@Dr_Uditraj U have made ur level of intelligence and intellect quite apparent with this pointless tweet.— Darth Devilish (@DarthDevilish) August 29, 2016
@Dr_Uditraj sir, please give the reference or delete the tweet. Do not spread falsehood.— Dayaa (@dayaa_max) August 29, 2016
@Dr_Uditraj I am ashamed we have such legislators. They utter against people, culture, customs & tradition.— Kishore Kumar (@tweet2kishore) August 29, 2016
And then there were some who supported him.
@Dr_Uditraj— सत्य वचन (@indiashiningtwo) August 29, 2016
एक दम सही,
(With inputs from HTC in Delhi)