The hype of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar presenting BMWs to those who did India proud in Rio has been high for the last couple of days.
PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Pullela Gopichand were each gifted a car and the keys were handed over by Sachin. Yes, this point is important, just the keys were handed over by him.
Why is this relevant? Due to the fact that the man who bought the BMWs is Hyderabad District Badminton Association president Chamundeshwarnath.
All the three Olympians and the cricketing legend along with national badminton coach Gopichand came together under one roof at P. Gopichand Nimmagadda Prasad Badminton Academy in Hyderabad where the BMWs were gifted to them in recognition of their Rio feats.
Under Gopichand’s coaching Sindhu won a silver in badminton. Sakshi clinched bronze in wrestling while Dipa came 4th in the gymnastics vault finals.
Shobhaa De was once again on the internet as she asked was Sachin the one who paid for the cars. She also seemed concerned that such money was being splurged on expensive cars.
However, it must be remembered, not anytime did Sachin claim to have bought the BMWs himself. After all he is the BMW brand ambassador, so it is hardly a surprise that he handedover the keys. He did the same when Saina Nehwal won a bronze back in 2012.
So may be it is a storm being raised for no reason? In fact is there a storm at all? Hardly likely for only a minority in this country would question the integrity of a man who is revered no less than a God in India.