India’s cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, on Tuesday, accepted Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) offer to become the country’s Goodwill Ambassador for the upcoming Rio Olympics. Sachin Tendulkar is the third goodwill ambassador roped in by IOA after Bollywood actor Salman Khan and Olympic shooting champion Abhinav Bindra. The IOA had approached Abhinav Bindra, Sachin Tendulkar and music composer AR Rahman after Salman’s appointment created an confusion, with star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and sprint legend Milkha Singh questioning the move.

Sachin Tendulkar told the IOA: “I have had the privilege and honour of representing my nation for 24 years and I continue to bat for India off the field. The welfare of sportspersons and encouraging them to give their best is very dear to me.”

“It will be my pleasure to meet these world-class athletes before they leave for Rio (and) to learn about their experiences and preparations.”

In what has been a controversial topic since IOA named Salman Khan as ambassador, the Olympic body were forced into naming other ambassadors after a furor over naming a non-sporting ambassador. Even now, Tendulkar’s nomination might pacify some due to his achievement in sports and for the country, some might question the selection given cricket is not part of the Olympics. IOA stood firm on its decision and said that it would rope in more icons to motivate the country’s Olympic contingent ahead of the Games in August. A Khel Ratna recipient, Sachin’s presence is expected to boost the morale of all Indian athletes representing the nation at the prestigious event.

Sachin Tendulkar joins Abhinav Bindra and Salman Khan as goodwill ambassador for upcoming Rio Olympics.

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