Olympics medalist Yogeshwar Dutt slams Salman Khan, says Olympics is not a place for movie promotion


Saturday saw a huge controversy erupt on social media hours after actor Salman Khan’s name was announced to be the goodwill ambassador for this year’s Rio Olympics.

Olympics medalist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt took to twitter 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?]”


The athlete, known for his outspoken nature, was told by one of the twitter users to focus on his game and not worry about Salman’s appointment arguing that the Bollywood actor’s presence will help motivate the contingent.

This provoked Dutt further prompting him to reply, “Aap ke khne ka matlb h kisi ko ambassador bnao to help krega nahi to nhi (Are you saying that someone will help only if he’s appointed an ambassador. Otherwise he won’t?)”

Dutt felt that this decision was to allow Salman to promote his movie as his next tweet suggested.

He said, “Kahi bhi ja Kar apni movie ka promotion kare,Es desh me adhikar hai Lekin Olympic movie promotion ki jagah Nahi. (People in this country have right to promote his movies wherever he wishes, but the Olympics is not a place for movie promotion.)”

He didn’t stop here. According to the wrestler, who had won bronze medal in London Olympics, PT Usha or Milkha Singh would have been a better choice for the goodwill ambassador’s role. He asked what Salman had done towards Indian sports.

He said, “PT Usha,Milkha Singh jaise bade sports star hai jinhone kathin samay me desh ke liye mehnat ki. Khel ke kshetra me Es ambassador ne Kya kiya. (Big sports stars like PT Usha, Milkha Singh worked hard for the country under tough conditions. What has this ambassador done for sport?)”

Yogeshwar had earned plenty of plaudits for his patriotic poem during the raging JNU controversy as he took on the alleged anti-nationals through his provocative poetry.

Salman Khan’s much-awaited Sultan, a sports drama, is expected to be released in July, while the Rio Olympics will take place in August. Incidentally, Salman, in his movie, Sultan, is playing the character of a wrestler.