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‘Lost medal to Transgender’ – Swapna Barman’s unexpected tweet after Heptathlon setback in Asian Games 2023 ignites social media storm

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India have been doing great in the Asian Games 2023 so far as they have already won more than 50 medals in the ongoing event. Meanwhile, Swapna Barman, the Indian heptathlete who won hearts with her remarkable performance at the 2018 Asian Games, found herself at the centre of a social media storm after an unexpected tweet following a setback in the Asian Games 2023.

Barman, who had clinched a gold medal in the heptathlon event in 2018, faced a tough competition this time. However, instead of focusing on the challenges posed by her competitors, she made a tweet that sparked controversy, which she deleted later. Barman said that she lost her medal to a transgender woman. However, what was more shocking is that she made these allegations about her fellow Indian athlete Nandini Agasara.

Swapna Barman's deleted tweet (Source - Twitter)

Swapna Barman’s deleted tweet (Source – Twitter)

“I have lost my Asian Games bronze medal to a transgender woman at the 19th Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China. I want my medal back as it is against the rules of our Athletics. Help me and support me please,” she wrote in X (formerly known as Twitter).

No girl can come up in a heptathlon so fast: Swapna Barman

This tweet sent shockwaves across social media platforms, with many questioning its intent and implications. Some argued that it was inappropriate to bring a competitor’s gender identity into the discussion, while others defended Barman’s right to express her frustration. The tweet was met with mixed reactions, drawing both support and criticism.

Barman also told a media house about how a girl can’t come up in a heptathlon so fast and said, “Transgender athletes, who have testosterone levels above 2.5, cannot compete in events over 200 meters. No girl can come up in a heptathlon so fast. I have trained for 13 years in this, it is impossible that she trains for four months and gets to this level.” Barman was quoted as saying by NDTV Sports.

However, talking about the event, India are likely to win more than 100 medals in the ongoing Asian Games 2023. If they achieve this feat, it’d be a very historical and proud moment for the nation.

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Wanindu Hasaranga brutally criticizes umpire for not signalling no-ball in third T20I between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan

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Wanindu Hasaranga was furious with the decision of the umpire which cost them the match. During the third T20I between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, a decision from the leg umpire named Hannibal ensured that the home side could not chase down the target of 210 runs, which at one point in time looked possible the way Kamanindu Mendis was going at one end.  

21 runs were needed for SL against Afghanistan in the last over of the match. The equation came down to 10 of 3. That was when the bowler delivered a waist-high full toss. For the naked eye, it seemed like a huge no-ball. But the umpire did not declare it to be a no-ball, as he felt it to be fine. The batter was a bit ahead of the stance in the crease. 

Hasaranga, the skipper of SL, asked for the referral. However, the rule does not allow the fielding captain to challenge the no-ball calls. It left him furious. SL went on to lose the match by just three runs and the call from the leg umpire indeed turned out to be a decisive factor. In the post-match talk, the star All-rounder was furious at the umpire and criticized him for the decision. 

‘Umpire isn’t suited to international cricket, would be much better if he did another job’ – Wanindu Hasaranga

The Sri Lankan skipper claimed that things like it should not happen at the highest level. He claimed that the ball was not even close to the waist-high to be considered as a benefit of the doubt and felt that it would have hit the head of the batter if it was delivered at a slightly higher trajectory. The skipper of Sri Lanka felt that the umpire was not fit for his job. 

“If you can’t see that, that umpire isn’t suited to international cricket. It would be much better if he did another job,” said the star player in his statement. The leg-spinner then urged the Apex Board to bring back the province where the captains could challenge the on-field decisions of the umpires.  

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Kartik Aaryan introduces Tripti Dimrii to the world of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’

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Kartik Aaryan and the makers of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3’ have confirmed the inclusion of Triptii Dimri in the upcoming instalment of the franchise. After the success of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’, the 3rd instalment of the series will be released later this year. The makers have also confirmed the potential release date of the movie. ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3’ will be released later this year during Diwali.  

Kartik Aaryan took to X and confirmed the inclusion of Triptii Dimri and announced the release date of the movie. “Welcome to the World of Bhool Bhulaiyaa @tripti_dimri23 #bhoolbhulaiyaa3 @vidya_balan @BazmeeAnees #BhushanKumar #Diwali2024,” wrote Aaryan on his X handle. The caption of Aaryan confirmed a lot of things. A small poster was created to welcome Triptii. 

In the social media post-Kartik, a black-themed image was posted in which a lock and key were found with the portrait of Dimri indicating the no-nonsense world of the movie. With candles around the portrait, the makers wrote “The thrills and chills intensify with the addition of Triptii Dimri on board,” as they welcomed Triptii to the world of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’. The fans gave a big thumbs-up to the idea. 

Vidya Balan to make her return in ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’

The 3rd instalment is set to be directed by Bazmee Anees. Kartik will continue as the lead character in the movie. A big return has also been announced. Vidya Balan is set to make her comeback in the series after more than 17 years. The star actress was integral to the first instalment which featured the likes of Akshay Kumar, Rajpal Yadav, Ameesha Patel, and many others. 

In the second part, however, an entirely different cast was picked. Tabu, Kiara Ali Advani, and Kartik Aaryan were in the lead roles. While it is not sure if the 3rd part has anything to do with the 2nd part, it might have something to do with the 1st part of the franchise. The latest announcement has the fun buzzing who cannot wait to watch it on the big screens.

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Here’s what Shubman Gill has to say when asked about missing MS Dhoni

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Shubman Gill had an animated reply to a question asked about MS Dhoni. When asked if he and the Indian team miss the star batter, Gill claimed in a low voice that everyone in the team and fact in entire India misses the former Indian skipper. He felt that no matter where India plays, the former Indian wicketkeeper batter will be missed genuinely. 

“The entire India misses Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni). It does not matter where we play, in Ranchi or anywhere in the world,” said Gill when asked about the CSK skipper. Gill was in the press conference ahead of the fourth Test between India and England. The youngster was asked a lot of questions about his form and the confidence he gained in the last two Tests. 

Gill has been in good form in the ongoing series. The right-handed batter has adapted well to the number 3 position after failing to perform in the first Test. In the 2nd Test, the star batter scored 35 runs in the first innings and a much-required hundred in the second innings. At Vizag, Gill helped India to claim a crucial win against England to level the series 1-1. 

Shubman Gill hopes to make the most of his form

When India went to Rajkot for the third Test, Gill did not have the greatest of starts as he was dismissed for a golden duck in the 1st innings. However, the Indian batter proved the critics wrong by scoring 91 runs in the 2nd innings. A big gorilla has been off Gill’s back. The youngster has been away from the criticism after his knock in the last two Tests against England. 

He would be hoping to continue the form in the fourth Test which is set to take place in Ranchi. The city is the birthplace of Dhoni, the former Indian cricketer, who was instrumental in India winning the T20 WC 2007, the ODI WC 2011, and the Champions Trophy 2013 as a skipper. Gill will be in action against Dhoni later this year as the skipper of GT in the IPL 2024. 

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