New Delhi: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) stood firm in its decision of appointing Bollywood actor Salman Khan as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Indian that will participate in the Rio Olympic Games later this year, after criticisms started pouring in.
In an official statement on Sunday, the IOA secretary Rajeev Mehta said that it’s only a “gesture” and “does not include any monetary consideration,” while adding that in the coming days the IOA will appoint more personalities from the music and sports world in a similar capacity.
Rajeev Mehta also said that,“We are very happy and thankful on Salman’s offer to support Olympic Sports in this country. This association is only a gesture and does not include any monetary consideration.He is the biggest Bollywood star in the country in terms of mass following and our key objective of bringing him on board is to draw maximum attention from the masses, due to which there will be more eyeballs and viewership which will eventually result in popularizing Olympic sports in the country.”
He added,”We may appoint more icons from other walks of life like music, cricket, art culture and Olympic sports etc. Mr. Salman Khan is only being appointed from Bollywood segment and we are in talks with two other big names in music and cricket.We are more than willing to have as many icons including the likes of Ms. Anju Bobby George and Ms. PT Usha who have the capacity and capability to popularize Olympic sports in the country.”