Recently, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) declared Salman Khan as the first Bollywood celebrity to be the goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games which are scheduled to start on 5th August 2016.
‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ – Salman Khan was named goodwill ambassador by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Saturday in the presence of star woman boxer M C Mary Kom, hockey captain Sardar Singh, and shooter Apurvi Chandela among others.
This is the first time that a Bollywood superstar has been chosen to as a Goodwill Ambassador for the games.
The decision to appoint a non-sports personality as the Goodwill Ambassador has been criticized by London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar and the legendary Milkha Singh.
Hence, IOA had to soon clarify that it appointed Salman Khan as Goodwill Ambassador for Rio 2016 Olympics Games to draw maximum attention from the masses, to increase viewership which will eventually result in popularising Olympic sports in the country.
IOA also said that it will appoint more icons from other walks of life like music, cricket, art culture and Olympic sports etc.
Salman Khan is currently busy shooting for ‘Sultan,’ a sports-drama, based on one of India’s oldest sports, wrestling.
Salman Khan intends to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to support Indian athletes.
“I will try to go to Rio, especially in early stages when all athletes would be there. I am really trying to go there because I think that will be incredible. Apart from that, I will be doing my bit on the digital platform and promote the games as much as possible.”