It’s no secret that apart from cricket, few sports in India get the required support or attention. And yet, India’s performance at the Tokyo Olympics has been commendable, with both men’s and women’s hockey teams qualifying for the semi-finals, and Sindhu, Chanu, and Borgohain securing medals for India. 

But according to journalist and TV anchor Navika Kumar, the credit for these wins goes to the newly appointed Minister of Sports, Anurag Thakur. 

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In an interview with Thakur, Kumar talked about how there has been a rainfall of medals since he was appointed the Minister of Sports. 

Thakur has been the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs for less than a month. These Olympians have trained throughout their lives to reach where they are today. They’ve fought multiple challenges, including budget cuts, to win medals for the country.

Indian Express

But, if you were to believe Navika Kumar, it was all thanks to Thakur and his luck. Naturally, Twitter was quick to call out Kumar: 

Players don’t win on just blind luck or sheer coincidences. Each and every medal that our Olympians have brought back home has been earned through blood, sweat, and tears. The players who gave their best shot, who despite losing made India proud, didn’t rely on a minister’s luck but on their own hard work and passion. The least that we can do is give credit where credit is due – to our players and their coaches.