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It might not yet be raining Olympic medals for the Indian contingent despite their dedicated efforts but the the Indian Minister for Sports, Vijay Goel, has already bagged the award for the most controversial minister at the Rio Olympics.

Goel believes that as part of his ministerial duties he needs to chase after Olympians for selfies. Unfortunately for him, the Rio Olympics committee does not share his enthusiasm for the photo op.

The minister was pulled up by the organisers for his unruly behaviour though he has categorically denied being a part of any controversy.

But other Indians did not take too kindly to the minister's actions.

Posing for peace

Unlike the Indian sports minister, gymnasts Lee Eun-Ju, 17, from South Korea and Hong Un Jong, 27, from North Korea, put their selfie skills to use for the good of diplomacy. The athletes by posing for a photo have managed to achieve the impossible – sports diplomacy between the two nations. Though the two countries might technically be at war, this distinctly non-politicised action goes to prove that that there is still hope in this world for harmony.

According to the BBC, The gymnast will not be getting into any trouble as North Korea has been pursuing "sports diplomacy" as a matter of national policy since the 1980s.

Is Google being sexist?

American cyclist Kristin Armstrong recently won her third gold medal following which she was part of the top trending search on Wednesday, according to Google. People were also searching for "Kristin Armstrong Lance Armstrong" – though the two are not related.

Kristin Armstrong also become the only cyclist – male or female – to win three consecutive golds in the same discipline.

Google tweeted out a graphic as she "rocketed past searches" for astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Social media was a little baffled at the casual sexism on display.


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Swiping right at the Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has decided to provide 450,000 condoms (which comes to 42 per athlete) in Rio's Olympic Village. The stash includes 100,000 female condoms, 175,000 packages of lubricant, as well as 350,000 standard condoms.

One reason for the increased number of condoms in Brazil could be fears of Zika which can cause microcephaly – a birth defect where babies are born with smaller than usual heads.

When it comes to sexual health, the sandy beaches of Brazil are not going to be a place to just "Olympics and chill".