Salman Khan, received a lot of criticism when he was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for India at the Rio Olympics 2016, and a lot of athletes expressed their displeasure. It is now reported that the officials are deciding to replace Salman Khan with cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar.
As per a report in ANI, the Indian Olympics Association has written a letter to the little master Sachin Tendulkar, to be the Goodwill Ambassador for India at the Rio Olympics. Sachin Tendulkar, is yet to reply regarding the appointment.
Sprint-legend Milkha Singh, and wrestling champion Yogeshwar Dutt, and several other Indian athletes criticised Salman Khan for being the Goodwill Ambassador for Rio 2016, and expressed their displeasure.
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, tweeted as,
"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?"
There was a war of words between sprint-legend Milkha Singh, and Salman Khan's father Salim Khan on Twitter. The duo, shared their point of views and Milkha Singh, was still not conviced as to why Salman Khan is the Goodwill Ambassador for the Rio Olympics.
Salman Khan's father, Salim Khan, had tweeted against Milkha Singh in such a way, as though Bollywood was doing a favour to his name and stardom. "The same industry which resurrected you from fading away in oblivion". Tweeted Salim Khan, against sprint-legend Milkha Singh.
However, Milkha Singh disagreed to Salim Khan's views as,
"Let him have his views. I don't have anything to say regarding this. I have already put in my views. All the members of the Olympic contingent are our ambassadors. The IOA should have thought of what's the need of the ambassador. I'm saying that the team who all are going whether it is shooting, wrestling, boxing or athletics, they all are our ambassadors. Out of 120 crore people in India, they have been our ambassador then what is the need of any other ambassador? It doesn't make sense to appoint someone in this role. If an ambassador is required, we have many great sportspersons, like Sachin Tendulkar, P.T. Usha, Ajitpal Singh, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore,"