News channels are now reporting that legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar could replace Salman Khan as the Goodwill Ambassador for India at the Rio Olympics. The decision is likely to come after the unprecedented backlash over Salman’s appointment by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
According to a report by ANI, the IOA has written a letter to Tendulkar to be the Goodwill Ambassador for India for Rio Olympics 2016.
Salman’s appointment was criticised by several Indian athletes, including wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and sprint-legend Milkha Singh.
“Everybody has the right to promote movies in India, but Olympics is not a place to promote films (possibly referring to Sultan). Can anyone tell me what the role of goodwill ambassador is? Why are you fooling the public?” Yogeshwar tweeted.
However, former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly has come out in support of Salman and said there can be two ambassadors representing India at the Olympics. Salman, he said, will bring tremendous visibility to the Olympics (if he hasn’t already due to the controversy).
“I’m happy and fine with him being the ambassador, as he brings visibility and glamour quotient to anything. You cannot deny that Salman is popular and he would bring visibility to the Rio Olympics. He is an entertainer. I think it’s fine to have him appointed as the ambassador. I think they can have other ambassadors as well; it’s nowhere written that they can only have one ambassador” Ganguly said at an event on Thursday.
It has to be noted that Salman Khan hasn’t charged a single rupee to represent India as the Goodwill Ambassador.