Sports: Indian actor Salman Khan’s appointment as ambassador of Rio Olympics gets mixed responses

(From IB Times)

Salman Khan’s appointment as goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent in the upcoming Rio Olympics has received mixed responses. The appointment was initially criticized by wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and Milkha Singh, who believe it would have been better if a sportsperson was handed such a role.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan

Bollywood actor Salman Khan

Now, cricketers have also given their opinion. Current cricketer Gautam Gambhir is against the move, but former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes there is nothing wrong in the appointment of the Bollywood actor, who has also received the backing of other sportspersons like Mary Kom and Sardar Singh.

Gavaskar has his reasons for backing the popular actor as he believes that the IPL has reaped benefits of having Bollywood personalities involved, so the same could happen with Olympic sports as well.

“How has IPL been benefitted by having Bollywood stars in it? It has helped considerably in bringing the crowd to the stadium. Eventually, it’s mainly because of the kind of cricket being played that will decide the fate of that edition of the IPL, but having Shah Rukh (Khan), Preity (Zinta) in the ground, a lot of people come to see them, so that’s a plus,” PTI quoted Gavaskar as saying by ‘NDTV’. Read More

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