Mumbai: Japanese sports merchandise group Yonex caused a stir on Saturday after they posted a cryptic post related to Indian badminton star PV Sindhu. They stated that they would no longer continue to support poor countries like India and added that would turn their focus to Japan to stay financially sound.
“Yonex says goodbye to Sindhu. Players from poor countries like India will no longer be sponsored by Yonex as we change our focus towards the Japanese youth,” the caption read with a picture of the Indian shuttler.
However, all the fuss was soon cleared as Yonex later deleted the post and announced that their account was hacked. The management released a statement of apology to their followers.
“To all Yonex fans, we would like to sincerely apologize for the inappropriate posts that have been posted on our Instagram account (yonex_com) today without our knowledge. Our Instagram account was hacked, but the issue has since been resolved and we have fortified our security measures to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Yours sincerely, Team Yonex,” the new post read.
Sindhu also stood in support of her sponsors and clarified that she would continue to be associated with the sports organisation.
“I’m sorry that YONEX Instagram was hacked by somebody. But YONEX team apologized this issue to me. Of course, I accepted their apology for this incident and look forward to continued support of Yonex in 2018. I’m going to stay with Yonex without any problem,” she wrote.
Apart from the Olympic silver-medallist, players like Saina Nehwal and Leander Paes are also sponsored by the Japanese group.