Now, our much-loved Sallu Bhai has become the first Bollywood celebrity to be the goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which will commence on August 5, 2016. The news was declared by Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
The ‘Sultan’ won this position by beating Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan and the reason behind this as given by IOA was that Salman bonds more with the youth and sportspersons. The IOA President N. Ramachandran commented on this by saying that, “Salman’s association will not only attract sports lovers but also help to motivate the players to do well in the Olympics. We are sure our association with Salman Khan will go a long way.”
The news came as quite delightful for Salman’s fans and many sportspersons who have expressed their joy over the appointment. Renowned female boxer Mary Kom said, “This is a big moment for all of us that Mr Salman Khan has joined us as our family member during Rio Olympics. My preparations for Rio Olympic qualification are going on and I will be competing in the World Championship soon.”
But contrary to this, some folks don’t seem to be happy over the appointment. The eminent sprinter Milkha Singh has condemned this decision by saying that it would have been appropriate to pick a sportsperson in his place. “I am of the view that our sportspersons, be those from shooting, athletics, volleyball or other sports, they are the real ambassador of India who would represent the country in the Olympics. Still, if we had to pick an ambassador, it could have been from the sporting area.”
The 85 year old athlete further added that, “India has produced so many sportsperson who have given their sweat and blood for the country like PT Usha, Rajyavrdhan Singh Rathore, Ajit Pal and so many others. One of these could have been made a goodwill ambassador. What was the need to import a person from Bollywood?”
Well, this appointment seems to drive more controversies than joy but any way our hearty congratulations are with Bajrangi Bhaijaan!