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Let's Just Take A Minute To Discuss Indian Olympian Rupinder Pal Singh

Please consider this a petition to elect Rupinder our new official national heartthrob.

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Hullo. Meet Rupinder Pal Singh. He's 25 years old, and is at the Rio Olympics right now, playing field hockey for India...

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And, as an added bonus, he looks like this.

(Meanwhile me at 25:• Has no achievements ✓• Looks like Jabba The Hutt ✓)
Rupinder Singh Pal / Via Facebook: RupinderPalSinghOfficial

(Meanwhile me at 25:

• Has no achievements ✓

• Looks like Jabba The Hutt ✓)

Rupinder is very, very good at what he does (hence finding himself at the Olympics) and we should applaud him.

We should applaud him for the two goals he scored against Ireland in our opening match, which helped us beat them 3-2. We should applaud him for the goal he scored against Germany (they beat us eventually, but only 2-1). We should applaud him, in general, for playing really, really hard for us in Rio.
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We should applaud him for the two goals he scored against Ireland in our opening match, which helped us beat them 3-2.

We should applaud him for the goal he scored against Germany (they beat us eventually, but only 2-1).

We should applaud him, in general, for playing really, really hard for us in Rio.

But while we're at it, there would be no harm, I think, in also applauding this face. 😍 🔥 😍 🔥

Rupinder Pal Singh / Via Facebook: RupinderPalSinghOfficial

We're long overdue a national heartthrob.

Instagram: @rupinderbob3

There's a Dravid-shaped hole in our collective cultural fabric and Rupinder is the top candidate to fill it. I mean, look:

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Look at this grin-and-hairband combo that just seems unfair.

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Look at this dehydrating workout 'gram and tell me you don't suddenly intend to watch every hockey match India ever plays.

Instagram: @rupinderbob3

I'll present all the evidence. You develop the crush.

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Here he is on the field, where he dominates for our men's team, and also sweats so perfectly into his jersey that his abs LITERALLY SHOW THROUGH IT.

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Here he is, flashing some world class dimples in his crew of world class athletes.

Rupinder Pal Singh / Via Facebook: RupinderPalSinghOfficial

Here he is with a SMOL PUPPER, already demonstrating perfect heartthrob behaviour.

Instagram: @rupinderbob3

And here's a photoshoot we should all be grateful for.

Rupinder Pal Singh / Via Facebook: RupinderPalSinghOfficial

National sport, national heartthrob, it all works out.

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He plays for us on the field, we sweat inexplicably watching from home. 🏆 🏆 🏆

Instagram: @rupinderbob3

*wistfully imagines being a hockey stick*

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*creates an elaborate fantasy in which Rupinder runs to the crowds to find me, his girlfriend of several years, to high-five and share meaningful eye contact after each goal*

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Sorry.

Please help me grant this man the manic and widespread adoration that he is due.

In case you need a hashtag to mobilise the thirst, I've drafted the following options:• #TeamRupinder• #Swoonpinder• #RupinDAAAMNNN• #RupinderSuhanaLagtaHai• #RupinderTeraMastanaPyaarMeraDeewana• #BoyfriendGoalsButAlsoLiteralHockeyGoals
Rupinder Singh Pal / Via Facebook: RupinderPalSinghOfficial

In case you need a hashtag to mobilise the thirst, I've drafted the following options:

• #TeamRupinder

• #Swoonpinder

• #RupinDAAAMNNN

• #RupinderSuhanaLagtaHai

• #RupinderTeraMastanaPyaarMeraDeewana

• #BoyfriendGoalsButAlsoLiteralHockeyGoals

Follow Indian Olympic hockey player Rupinder Pal Singh on Instagram here, and Twitter here.