Chandigarh: Haryana sports minister Anil Vij Saturday demanded an apology from international shooter Manu Bhaker, disapproving the “manner” in which she expressed her displeasure at not receiving the promised cash reward of Rs 2 crore for winning a gold at 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Bhaker, however, got support from none other than Indian Olympic Association President Na-rinder Batra who asked Vij to stop “intimidating and threatening” the shooter.
The 16-year-old Bhaker, who won multiple gold in her maiden senior World Cup, Commonwealth Ga-mes, besides the top prize at the Youth Olympics last October, on Friday reminded the Haryana sports minister of the promises made after her Youth Olympic success. Bhaker had posted screen shots of Vij’s tweets on her twitter handle, in which he had promised her cash award to the tune of Rs 2 crore on behalf of the state government. Reacting to the tweets, Vij said: “She should have first spoken to the sports department rather than airing her issue in public domain.