After an extraordinary attack by the Olympics medalist Yogeshwar Dutt for Salman Khan, now the legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh has questioned the appointment of the Bollywood megastar’s appointment as the Goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics.
Milkha, also known as Flying Sikh, told ANI, “Indian Olympics Association has taken a wrong decision. We don’t need any ambassador. Sportsmen representing nation in #RioOlympics2016 are our ambassador. IOA shouldn’t have made a Bollywood person(Salman Khan) ambassador for sports event. Will they make a sports person an ambassador for Bollywood function? Government must intervene. IOA must reconsider its decision. If at all there is a need to send an ambassador, I think P. T. Usha, Rajvardhan Singh Rathore, Ajit Pal can be better choices.”
Salman, however, received support from the Olympics God medalist shooter Abhinav Bindra.
Bindra told NDTV that in India, either Bollywood or Cricket gets the maximum attention. “If Salman Khan can promote Olympics, it makes strategic sense.”
“If Salman can actively boost Olympic sports, more power to him. If it is just for a day’s publicity, then it is of no use,” he said
Wrestler Dutt had taken to twitter on Saturday questioning the rationale behind appointing Salman as the goodwill ambassador.
He tweeted, “Ambassador ka kya kaam hota hai koi mujhe bata sakta hai kya. Kyon pagal bana rahe ho desh ki janta ko? [What does an ambassador do (in Olympics event?) Can somebody explain that to me? Why are you fooling the public?]”
IOA’s vice president, Tarlochan Singh, justified the body’s decision to appoint Salman for the role.
He said, “When celebrities who appeal to public come forward to help naturally we get more publicity which is good for sports. The trend among youth is they look towards such film celebrities (Salman Khan). If we utilise them there’s no harm. We’re getting his (Salman Khan) help and not giving him anything. IOA is not paying him a penny.”