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Rio Olympics 2016: 5 potential replacements for Salman Khan as brand ambassador

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28 Apr 2016, 16:20 IST
Salman Khan was appointed as the brand ambassador of the Indian contingent at Rio

Salman Khan was named the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the Rio 2016 Olympics on Saturday. His association 'might' attract more people of this country to watch the biggest sporting event of the world and also motivate the athletes to do well.

But, is Bhai the right choice?

This is some absolutely shady coincidence that his appointment as an ambassador precedes the release of Sultan, a sports based movie. The move seems to have divided opinions across the country. While some have welcomed the move, many athletes have questioned the appointment of the controversial actor.

This truly is something that needs to be raised and if something goes wrong, every citizen of this country has the right to object it. This selection is just incredulous since there is no dearth of sportspersons who could have been chosen to be the ambassador.

Let's look at 5 such deserving personalities who could have promoted the Olympics this time in our country:

5. Dhanraj Pillay

Dhanraj Pillay: The living legend of Indian hockey

How obsessed are we with Bollywood that we appoint an actor who has nothing to do with sports, as a goodwill ambassador to represent hundreds of real athletes in the greatest global sports event.

And that too when we have respected sportspersons who actually brought laurels to the nation with their hard work.

Dhanraj Pillay is one of the living legends of Indian hockey. People in India and around the globe used to identify Indian hockey with Dhanraj. And why not?


He has represented the nation for 16 years and is the only Indian hockey star to have played in four Olympics, four World Cups, four Champion Trophies, and four Asian Games successively.

Dhanraj continues to be the most popular name in hockey and could have done a better job as an ambassador.

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