Indian Wrestler Priya Malik bagged another gold medal for the country at the ongoing World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary in the 73kg category after wrestler Tannu Malik stole the final show in the 43kg category.
On Sunday, the news about Priya Malik’s success at the wrestling championship in Budapest went viral across social media. The feat overtook Twitter by storm after Wrestler Priya’s Malik’s namesake comedian Priya Malik posted a congratulatory post on her Twitter account saying “So pleased to find a namesake that the entire nation is extremely proud of! Well done #PriyaMalik Go champ #WrestleBudapest.”
Soon, Instagram and WhatsApp were filled with appreciation posts and congratulatory messages for wrestler Priya Malik. Some fake news messages about Malik winning at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics also started doing the rounds. Within a span of a few hours, this misinformation started trending as a campaign across Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
Joining the bandwagon of misleading information was Milind Soman who posted an appreciative message on his Twitter account mentioning the Tokyo Olympics 2021. “Thank you Priya Malik! #gold #TokoyoOlympics #wrestling welcome to Mt Olympus”--- as soon as he realized the blunder he posted another follow-up message, “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.”
The young wrestler from Roorkee in Haryana became the first Indian wrestler to earn a gold medal at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship. In the final round, Malik sidelined wrestler Kseniya Patapovich from Belarus 5-0 to dominate the championship. The results of the same were announced on the Twitter handle of the United World Wrestling Association on July 22nd, but it wasn’t until Sunday morning that the news received prominent public attention.
Malik is the second sportswoman to bring glory to India in the international sports domain this week. On Saturday, Mirabai Chanu made her mark at the Tokyo Olympics 2021, as she won India’s first medal in the world-renowned sports event. The young weightlifter won a silver medal for India for the 49kg women’s weightlifting category. India has not won any other laurels at the sporting event this year so far.
Several celebrities and politicians congratulated the teenager for her phenomenal beginning in the international wrestling domain. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal posted on Twitter, “Many congratulations to wrestler Priya Malik for winning the Gold Medal in the World Cadet Wrestling Championship. India is proud of you.”
Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor Khan uploaded an Instagram story, “Another proud moment…! Congratulations #PriyaMalik on winning a Gold medal at the World Cadet Wrestling Championships.”
Other news media organizations and social media pages were quick to post stories and messages about the magnificent triumph. Several prominent personalities like Abhishek Bachchan, Sunny Deol, Ekta Kapoor, Smriti Irani, and Kangana Ranaut lauded the achievement on their social media handles.
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