On Sunday, Milind Soman, Ishant Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar were all trolled for lauding CWC Gold Winner Priya Malik as a Tokyo Olympics Winner. Assuming that Malik was participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – when these celebrities got the news that she won a gold – they chose to make a faux pas and congratulated her for winning the Tokyo Gold. The news comes a few days after Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu started India’s medal hunt at the Olympics by bringing home a silver medal.

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Indian athletes and sportsperson are going through a golden phase with one victorious moment after the other. Wrestler Priya Malik too had a jubilant Sunday as she won the Cadet World Championships gold after defeating her Belarus’ opponent in the 73kg category.


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How Olympic Frenzy Resulted in Misinformation

However, little did she know that her victory would trend for a whole different reason. Her victory at the CWC was passed on as a gold medal win at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. With the euphoric frenzy of Mirabai Chanu clinching the Silver Medal at the Olympics, every other athletic event is coming under the purview of it being an Olympic event. The lack of research and spread of misinformation reached to such a point when celebrities also congratulated Malik for her victory at the “Tokyo Olympics”.


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Milind Soman, Ishant Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar Succumbs to Misinformation

Model-actor-fitness enthusiast Milind Soman was trolled on Twitter after he posted a congratulatory message and wrote, “Thank you Priya Malik! #gold #TokoyoOlympics #wrestling welcome to Mt Olympus.”

After netizens trolled him on his mistake, Soman again took to Twitter and explained how he was overcome with joy and didn’t research the actual fact. “Sorry, should have checked before my earlier tweet, but was too overcome with joy. Priya Malik won Gold at the World wrestling Championships ! Onwards and upwards,” he tweeted.


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Experienced Indian pace expert Ishant Sharma too got caught up in the frenzy and tweeted saying, “Heartiest congratulations to Priya Malik for winning the gold medal for India at Olympics.” He soon deleted his tweet.

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Ishant Sharma’s Tweet on Priya Malik

Along with Sharma, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya too took to Twitter, congratulated Malik, only to find out that it was a CWC Gold and not Olympic gold. He too deleted the tweet soon.

Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar, too jumped the bandwagon and shared a story on Instagram (only to delete it soon after), where she had a picture of Malik and had captioned the story with “Baby gold gold gold gold” with the hashtags #PriyaMalik, #tokyolympics, #olympics2021.

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Bhumi Pednekar’s Instagram Story


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Priya Malik – Her Wrestling Journey So Far

o cut down the misinformation spread around Malik’s victory, let’s delve deeper into the prolific career of this young wrestler. Born and brought up in Haryana’s Roorkee, Malik was trained by 19-year-old freestyle wrestler Anshu Malik.

It should be noted that wrestling phenom couldn’t qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – and thus, this is the first and the most pivotal evidence to the fact that she won an Olympic gold. However, that doesn’t take away an ounce of admiration she deserves as she finally won the elusive gold medal at the Cadet World Championship.

Not a new face on the wrestling podium, Malik was the gold medal winner at Khelo India, 2019 and went on to clinch another gold at the 17th School Games, 2019. In the subsequent years, she went on to win multiple gold medals at the National Cadet Championship, Patna and National School Games again.