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Who said what: Sporting fraternity reacts to Salman Khan's appointment as Goodwill Ambassador for Rio 2016

Who said what to Salman Khan's appointment.

Salman Khan with athletes on the day of the announcement

Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Saturday elected as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Rio Olympics and that decision by the Indian Olympic Association(IOA) was met with mixed responses from sportspersons in the fraternity.

Here’s a compilation of those who supported the move and who didn’t:


1.Abhinav Bindra

2.Saina Nehwal

3.Balbir Singh Sr.

4.Sardar Singh

“Salman has a huge fan base. He has good views on sports and it’s a good thing for Indian sports that he has come on board. A lot of people are getting connected to Olympic sports because of him. People are entitled to their views and I respect their opinion,”

5.Sunil Gavaskar

“If he can bring a lot more awareness to that particular profession, then why not? I don’t see anything wrong in it. How has the IPL benefitted by having Bollywood stars in it? It has helped considerably by bringing crowds to the stadium. Having Shah Rukh, Preity (Zinta) in the ground, a lot of people come to see them, so that’s a plus”

6.Mary Kom

“It hasn’t happened before, so it’s a good thing for the athletes. It’s good for us to have a brand ambassador like him.”

7.IOA Vice-President Tarlochan Singh

“When celebrities who appeal to public come forward to help naturally we get more publicity which is good for sports".

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