It’s a season of sports gaffes as far as Indian politicians, especially from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are concerned. A day after Sports Minister Vijay Goel scripted history by calling PV Sidhu and Sakshi Malik as “gold medallists”, party’s MP and Dalit leader Udit Raj took it a notch higher claiming that champion Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt went on to win nine Olympics gold despite being born in poverty after his trainer advised him to eat beef twice a day.
"Usain Bolt of Jamaica was poor and trainer advised him to eat beef both the times and he scored 9 gold medals in Olympics," the Lok Sabha member from North West Delhi tweeted.
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 (@Dr_Uditraj) August 28, 2016
The comments drew instant flak on social media with many terming his remarks as “inappropriate” and “illogical”.
Here is how twitteratis reacted on MP Udit Raj’s epic suggestion.
U have made ur level of intelligence and intellect quite apparent with this pointless tweet.— Saurabh S (@DarthDevilish) August 29, 2016
I am ashamed we have such legislators. They utter against people, culture, customs & tradition.— Kishore Kumar (@tweet2kishore) August 29, 2016
@Dr_Uditraj Eating beef can't be the only reason for Bolt's success. His talent overlooked. Expect better logic from a 'Dr'.— Dr. Amitava Das (@DrAmitavaDas) August 29, 2016
The key point being higher protein intake for athletes. This makes beef appear to be a magic potion. @Dr_Uditraj— irregularexpression (@irregx) August 29, 2016
Beef is an emotive issue for BJP whose governments in various states have come out with tough laws banning its trade.
Udit Raj, however, tried to play down any controversy saying that he merely repeated what Bolt's trainer had said and all he meant was the athletes can find a way to excel despite adversities and they should not blame circumstances for their failures.
"All I wanted to say that giving excuses that we don't have infrastructure or there is corruption should be done away with and lesson, dedication should be learnt from Usain Bolt... What I wanted to say is our players should find ways and means as he found ways and means," he said, adding there is no lack of facilities for sports persons here.
I cited circumstances ofJamaica that despite poor infrastructure & poverty Bolt won 9 gold so our players should find ways like that to win— Dr. Udit Raj (@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 (@Dr_Uditraj) August 29, 2016
Raj said that his tweet was not even remotely connected to advocate beef eating.
My tweet is not even remotely connected to advocate beef eating rather it is reproduction of Bolt trainer statement— Dr. Udit Raj (@Dr_Uditraj) August 29, 2016
Government spends a huge amount of money on them compared to nations like Jamaica or Kenya, he said, steering clear of any mention of beef.
(With PTI inputs)