In true sporting spirit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj sent messages of support to injured athletes Saina Nehwal and Vinesh Phogat even as the nation by and large focused on PV Sindhu&’s stunning triumph.
Quite active and popular on social media, Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter that she spoke to Vinesh Phogat who had suffered a ligament injury.
"Doctor Rucha Kashalkar, physiotherapist is attending on her (Vinesh Phogat). Our @cgisaopaulo Abhilasha Joshi is in constant touch," Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
Vinesh had sustained what seemed to be a serious knee injury during her bout against Sun Yanan of China in the quarter-finals of the women’s Freestyle 48kg category at the Carioca Arena 2 Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. She had been touted as one of India’s medal hopes, but her bid for glory ended in heartbreaking fashion.
After an MRI test, doctors concluded that there was a ligament tear and the outer part of the knee had been damaged. Recovery in such cases is ensured but Vinesh would have to rest and move around in crutches for two weeks.
Sushma Swaraj is actively following the Indians in the Olympics was evident when she tweeted support to injured Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal while congratulating P.V. Sindhu.
"Every Indian prays for your speedy recovery. @Nsaina," she tweeted.
With P.V. Sindhu winning a silver after a 1-2 loss to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the badminton women’s singles final on Friday, the External Affairs Minister said: "Indian Embassy officials in Brazil convey nation’s greeting to P.V.Sindhu @indiainbrazil @cgisaopaulo."