As the whole of India cutting across political and other affiliations have congratulated the young athlete Hima Das for her marvellous victory in the at Under-20 World Athletics.
However, the tweet by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has been seen by many as mocking of the English speaking skills of the athlete who hails from rural background.
With the controversy picking up, the AFI went about issuing an apology.
It need be mentioned that AFI had posted a video on their Twitter account after Hima’s semi-final at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Finland two days back.
“#HimaDas speking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg. Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final!,” AFI had captioned the video.
Then they posted this tweet.
#HimaDas speking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final! @ioaindia @IndianOlympians @TejaswinShankar @PTI_News @StarSportsIndia @hotstartweets
With the outcry over the tweet, the AFI then posted an apology but also clarified that they didn’t mean to mock Hima’s English.
The AFI clarified that they were only trying to say that the sprinter is not scared of anything and takes on all kinds of challenges, be it on the track or off it.
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