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Milkha slams IOA over Salman Khan’s appointment as goodwill ambassador of Rio Olympic contingent

Bollywood stars Salman Khan appointment as goodwill ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent invited the ire of sprint legend Milkha Singh….

By Administrator in Sports on April 25, 2016

Bollywood stars Salman Khan appointment as goodwill ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent invited the ire of sprint legend Milkha Singh.

Salman, who is playing the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film Sultan, was named goodwill ambassador by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) yesterday.

However, Milkha Singh felt that the IOA has taken a wrong decision and should reconsider the move.

Milkha Singh Speaking to media, the legendary sprinter said, “India has produced so many sportsperson who have given their sweat and blood for the country like PT Usha, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Ajit Pal and so many others. One of these could have been made a goodwill ambassador. What was the need to import a person from Bollywood?” he asked.

“I want to make it clear that I am not against Salman Khan, but the decision of the IOA is wrong and the government should intervene in the matter. This is for the first time I am seeing a Bollywood hero being made goodwill ambassador for Olympics. I want to ask has Bollywood ever made any sportsperson an ambassador for any of their mega event?”

Although, the question that Milkha has asked makes sense, but will it be able to push IOA change its decision is something that doesn’t seem possible.

Milkha Singh, who won gold in 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.

Image Source: sportskeeda.com

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