The Indian Olympic team, which returned home from Tokyo along with gold medalist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and bronze medalist wrestler Bajrang Punia, was welcomed at the New Delhi airport on Monday. This was followed by a ceremony to honor the Olympic medalists at the Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi. Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, former Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Union Sports Minister Nishit Pramanik were present on the occasion. The banner that was hoisted on the stage for this ceremony is currently the subject of discussion. Many have expressed displeasure over the larger size of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo on the banner than the medal winners. Olympic medalist Vijender Singh also expressed his displeasure in this regard.
It so happened that a special function was organized at Hotel Ashoka in New Delhi to felicitate the medal winning players. Along with the Union Ministers, the players also expressed their views. However, the big backdrop that was put on the stage for this event caught everyone’s attention. This post on the stage had photos of the gold, silver and bronze medal winning players. However, this photo seemed to be much smaller than the size of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo. Many expressed displeasure over this. Olympic medalist Vijender Singh also tweeted about this and slammed the Modi government. Sharing a photo of the banner on the stage, Vijender said, “Everything is PR and PR is everything”.
Many people on social networks have expressed their displeasure by sharing these photos and have suggested that the photos of the players should have been made bigger and more priority. Meanwhile, this is not the first time that Vijender Singh has criticized the Modi government in this manner. Vijender had also targeted the Modi government a few days back when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision to name the most prestigious Khel Ratna award in sports after Major Dhyanchand, a great hockey player, instead of Rajiv Gandhi.