Thu, Mar 30, 2017 | updated 04:10 PM IST

Ex-athlete Sunita Godara blasts Shobhaa De for mocking Indian athletes in Rio

Updated: Aug 09, 2016 14:36 IST

New Delhi, Aug 9 (ANI): A day after Shobhaa De sparked controversy by mocking the Indian athletes participating at the Rio Olympics, former marathon runner Sunita Godara on Tuesday joined the chorus of those criticising the author for her stinging remark.

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

This remark attracted widespread criticism, including from 2008 gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, badminton player Jwala Gutta and former India hockey player Viren Rasquinha.

India, who have sent their largest-ever contingent of 119 athletes in Rio Olympics, are yet to open their medal account in the ongoing Summer Games.

While condemning Shobhaa for her remarks, former athlete Godara emphatically asked the author whether she had any idea of hard work and training an athlete goes through to even qualify for Olympics.

"It is not easy to even qualify for Olympics. It takes at least six years and guts to reach that level," said Godara.

"What does she know about sportspersons? They don't realise how much hard work is put in when you qualify for the Olympics. How dare she speak like that?" she added.

"Now she has to 'eat crow' because whatever she said she must be regretting. She shouldn't have done that; she should apologise," Godara continued. "She doesn't know that these athletes are training hard against all odds to qualify for Olympics. If they are not getting medals, that is another question. Going there and reaching up to the Olympics is a great achievement for Indian athletes." (ANI)

I was yelling to the air: Messi on FIFA ban

Updated: Mar 30, 2017 15:26 IST

Barcelona [Spain], Mar.30 (ANI): Argentina star striker Lionel Messi has asserted his innocence after being hit with a four-match international ban for verbally abusing an official, saying that he was yelling `to the air`.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar.30 (ANI): The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 arrived at an Edhi home in Karachi on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Dubai [UAE], Mar.30 (ANI): India opener KL Rahul, who smashed two half-centuries during his side's eight-wicket win in the series- deciding Dharamsala Test against Australia, has climbed 11 places to a career-high rank of 11th spot in the latest ICC Rankings for Test batsmen.

Full Story >>

West Vancouver [Canada], Mar.30 (ANI): Indian women's hockey team chief coach Sjoerd Marijne has asserted that his team are fully geared up to make a good start in the upcoming all-important Hockey World League Round 2.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.30 (ANI): Indian skipper Virat Kohli has clarified his comments about his cooling off relationship with Australian players at the end of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, saying that his statement has been blown out of proportion.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India]. Mar.30 (ANI): Taking a cheeky dig at former Australian batsman Brad Hodge over his nasty comments and subsequent apology to Indian skipper Virat Kohli, star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said "March 30 will be remembered as 'World Apology Day'.

Full Story >>

Miami [Florida], Mar.30 (ANI): Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal produced a rich vein of form as he stormed into the semi-finals of the Miami Open after registering straight sets victory over 13th seed Jack Sock in the men's singles event here on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Melbourne [Australia], Mar.30 (ANI): Former Australian Test cricketer Brad Hodge has issued a heartfelt apology to Virat Kohli as well to the Indian fans for his recent nasty comments regarding the Indian skipper's shoulder injury and his participation in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.30 (ANI): Responding to Carolina Marin's statement where she said that she wouldn't let Saina Nehwal become the world number one, the Indian ace shuttler has said that she has already been on that position and her priority right now is to win tournaments.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar.29 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has imposed a year-long ban and a fine of one million dollar on left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan for violating its anti-corruption code during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar.29 (ANI): The Australian media continued their nasty tirade against Virat Kohli branding the Indian skipper as "classless" and "childish", despite the Steve Smith-led side slumping to a defeat in Dharamsala and giving up the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Full Story >>

Dubai [UAE], Mar.29 (ANI): South Africa has finished second on the ICC Test Team Rankings at the April 1 cut-off date after the third and the final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton ended in a draw on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar.29 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that their Indian counterpart has so far not contacted them regarding the holding of any bilateral series between two sides.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Mar.29 (ANI): With four successful seasons completed in a span of just two years and the sport's ever increasing popularity, Pro Kabaddi League is now set to expand to up to four new geographies.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru [India], Mar.29 (ANI): 20-year-old Sumit from Sonepat, who has recently been included in the Indian senior men's camp, has revealed that he looks to stalwart players like Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Sreejesh, SV Sunil among others for some inspiration.

Full Story >>

Sao Paulo [Brazil], Mar.29 (ANI): Star striker Neymar continued his fine run of form as Brazil virtually booked their place in next year's World Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Paraguay in the qualifying clash at home here on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Nadal fends off Mahut to reach Miami quarters

Updated: Mar 29, 2017 12:23 IST

Miami [Florida], Mar.29 (ANI): Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open after registering straight sets victory over veteran Nicolas Mahut in the men's singles event here on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru [India], Mar.29 (ANI): More than two years since his last call-up for the national camp, 23-year-old Amit Rohidas is on a comeback trail after a formidable performance in the backline for 2017 Coal India Hockey India League champions Kalinga Lancers.

Full Story >>

Yangon [Myanmar], Mar. 28 (ANI): India registered their first win of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying campaign with a 1-0 triumph against Myanmar in a hard fought contest, courtesy of a fluent counterattack in the 90thminute of the match through the flanks by Udanata Singh, which was finally bundled home by Sunil Chhetri.

Full Story >>

Miami [U.S.], Mar. 29 (ANI): Swiss maestro Roger Federer thrashed Roberto Bautista Agut at the Miami Open and advanced to the quarterfinals at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Full Story >>