The Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) decision to appoint Bollywood’s superstar Salman Khan as the ambassador to represent the country in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games (2016) has got mixed response from masses. While ace athletes like Mary Kom state that it would be good for sports that a personality like Salman Khan who enjoys immense star power supports sports, its a great thing. But this has not gone down well with other sports persons. 2012 London Olympics bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt made his displeasure pretty obvious through his tweets. Legendary athlete Milkha Singh joined him and SLAMMED IOA for their decision.
He stated that instead of a Bollywood celeb, a sportsperson should be given this honour. In his debate he also asked if Bollywood would make a sportsperson their brand ambassador for their international event? Though he said that he has nothing personal about Salman, he would like if the association replaces him with a more deserving candidate.
While the opinion of the fraternity stands DIVIDED over Salman’s appointment, the association maintains that they are happy that Salman has volunteered to support sports. They also maintained that there was no monetary exchange involved in this appointment and that they cherish the Sultan star’s efforts to work for sports.
What do you think? Is the association is justified in saying this? It is okay for Salman to be a sports ambassador just because he is essaying a wrestler in his upcoming flick Sultan? Let us know. Vote now and tell us what do you feel.