Sachin Tendulkar threw his weight behind India's athletes after Shobhaa De's shocking tweet outraged the entire country.

Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Rio de Janeiro to support the Indian contingent at the Olympics, said he had an incredible time and enjoyed interacting with the athletes.

With the nation reeling from depression, columnist Shobhaa De's insensitive tweet on India's athletes at the Rio Games did not go down well with either the fans or the athletes, who were toiling away in Rio.

After the likes of, Jwala Gutta and Mary Kom lashed out at De, Tendulkar stepped in to assert his class.

"Olympics are the biggest and most competitive sporting event on Earth. It's not a joke to represent one's country.

"The athletes give their best in their efforts to win a medal. All the Indian athletes in Rio 2016 have my support," Tendulkar said in New Delhi, days after returning from the Olympics.

Tendulkar said he went to Rio and saw exactly how hard the athletes were working. It was painful, he said, for them to miss out on medals after four years of hard work.

"They work for years and years but when you miss out narrowly, you obviously feel bad."

Tendulkar said the athletes in Rio needed support when the chips were down.

"When the results don't go your way, that is when you need to support them.

"The first half didn't go our way but you have to support them when the chips are down," Tendulkar said