Salman Khan becoming the Goodwill Ambassador of Rio Olympics came to the bollywood industry as a shocking news. A section wasn’t pleased about the news while many were happy about the statement. Though, the celebrity who is gearing up for his sports oriented picture Sultan, is elated to be a part of the Olympics.
When a popular daily inquired Salman what will be his obligations as Goodwill Ambassador, he stated, “I want to charge up the players and see how they are progressing. If we can increase our medal tally compared to last year, it would be great. When that happens, the infrastructure, diet, coaching and other facilities get better. Pehle (ambassador) nahi lekar aaye thay toh theek hai, par ab jab kisi ko lekar aaye hain toh the players should be encouraged. Since I can only participate in the Olympics if walking were a sport, isiliye main woh hoon jo gaadi ko piche se dhakka de sakta hai. I will also try to go to Rio in the initial phase of the Olympics.”
Sultan actor was also quizzed that why is the need of a Bollywood celeb to bring some glamour to other sports apart from cricket, to which Salman replied, “Everyone’s watching cricket, and it has lots of stars. We need to make stars in other sports. Today, people watch tennis because of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza. Similarly, Saina Nehwal and Dipika Pallikal are stars in their own right. Football will take over very soon because the next generation is hooked on football. Our fault is that we blame cricket while we need to watch more sports on TV compared to the rubbish we watch on TV. Once we do that, TRPs will go up, and players will get endorsements and they will become stars. While flipping through channels, stop at a badminton match, and try to know who is playing. You want hockey to return to its old glory, watch a game – be it in the stadium or on TV. We (Bollywood celebs) just give that initial impetus.”