Sport is indeed a great leveler and Sania Mirza knows that right. In this regard, Sania took to Twitter to congratulate Pakistan team for winning the Champions Trophy and team India for winning against Pakistan in Hockey League. She was equally happy to know that both India and Pakistan clinched a contest each.
She tweeted, “India lost the cricket but won in hockey against Pak. Congratulations Team India and congratulations Team Pakistan! Sport is a great leveler!” Later, Sania was brutally thrashed after the tweet went viral on social media.
Netizens slammed her for being diplomatic and people asked whether she wasn’t happy for her husband Shoaib Malik’s win. But Sania didn’t reply to any of the hate tweets so far. However, in a recent interview, she opened up about the trolls. Her reply will surely make you a fan of her (if you are not yet).
If the trollers ever thought that they hurt Sania with their offensive and hateful remarks, they had wasted their time and energy. Because all these comments and trolls barely had any impact on her. Sania’s thoughts seem to be above and beyond hatred.
Sania said, “I’m pretty numb to them. It is very easy to sit and judge someone from the outside and, honestly, I feel sad for the haters. I don’t have that many – it’s probably 20 percent haters and 80 percent good – but it’s still a large number of people. I feel sad for them that they have so much hate for a person they don’t even know. To have such a strong dislike toward someone you have never met or have no idea about, and who you’re so irrelevant to – you’ve got to be really miserable.”
She added that people need to understand that a game should be played with the sportsman spirit but not be a matter of life and death or war.
“I support my husband, of course, but I support India, too. It’s not as dramatic as people want to make it sound. They think we are at each other with knives every time India plays Pakistan. It’s not like that. We have to remember it’s sport. That’s the message every athlete wants to put across. It doesn’t matter. When India lost to Pakistan, they lost a game of cricket, that’s the bottom line. It’s not war, a matter of life and death.”
The Spirit of Sport Among the Players:
“There were some amazing visuals the ICC put out after the match: my husband was talking to (India players) Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli, sharing a joke. It was 10 minutes after the match, before the presentation ceremony. That is the spirit of the game.”
The Similarities between India and Pakistan:
“India and Pakistan are so similar: we speak the same language, eat the same food, most things are the same. They (the teams) actually get along with each other as well as, or probably better than, with other people because the cultures are so similar. I find it absurd that people can’t understand that, but maybe if you don’t play a sport it’s tough.”
“It doesn’t really matter what a random guy sitting 5,000 miles away is saying to me. I don’t take anything to heart, whether it’s good or bad because neither of them lasts,” Sania concluded.
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