Salman Khan to pay Rio Olympians through IOA

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Bollywood actor Salman Khan lived up to his promise of paying Rs 1.01 lakh to all the participants of Rio Olympic Games and has requested the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to send him details of the athletes.

Salman, who was the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent at this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, had earlier this month pledged to present a cheque of Rs 1,01,000 to each of the athletes.

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“Salman Khan sent a letter to me on Monday thanking the IOA for appointing him as goodwill ambassador of Indian contingent at Rio Olympics. He has requested me to send the details of all Indian Rio Olympians like their PAN number.

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“He said in the letter he will give Rs 101000 (one lakh one thousand) to each one of them. He is sending cheque in the name of all the Rio Olympians to the IOA so that we can give them to the athletes,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta told PTI today.

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Mehta added,”He is such a big celebrity superstar but he follows protocol. He wants to do his job through the IOA. We are very happy to have appointed him as goodwill ambassador.”

Salman had earlier tweeted, “As a gesture of appreciation for our Olympic athletes, I will present each one with a cheque of Rs. 1,01,000.

(With PTI inputs)

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