Rio De Janeiro: That it happened in the wee hours of Saturday mattered little. But the women athletes of the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics sparked controversy when they marched in opening ceremony. Social media was at once abuzz with some celebrating the fact that Indians marched in saris and others lamenting that the saris should not have been combined with blazers.
And this is no new controversy. The same thing had been discussed after the Indian contingent marched in the 2012 London Olympics. It had then been tennis stars Sania Mirza, Rushmi Chakravarthi and a handful of others who had chosen not to wear the blazer and show off their bright yellow saris.
It was tennis last time and badminton this time. There were only three athletes who chose to carry their blazers in her arms rather than put them on and hide their saris. Jwala Gutta, PV Sindhu and Ashwini Ponnappa walked together, giving the Indian contingent its sole spot of colour in its long shot at the opening ceremony of the Rio Games.