‘Sad that Rio ambassador controversy fizzled out after Sachin Tendulkar’s appointment’, says Salman Khan

Few days back, when the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) appointed Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as goodwill ambassador of Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics 2016, it took shape of a huge controversy, with people crying foul since the superstar does not have a sporting background. However, the king-hearted star maintained that he was not troubled by the controversy and was rather happy as the issue helped spread more about the event. ALSO READ: Salman Khan questions Sachin Tendulkar, AR Rahman’s appointment as ambassadors for Rio Olympics 2016.

“I just wanted this controversy to last long so that everyone gets to know about Rio Olympics. It fizzled out soon. When Sachin (Tendulkar), who plays cricket and Rahman (A R Rahman) who plays music, were made brand ambassadors, there was no controversy, which is disheartening,” Salman was quoted as saying by a PTI report. The 50-year old actor further added that he thought the issue would drag for two-three weeks “but that did not happen.”

Salman also said that the current generation is not aware about the importance of Olympics and needs to be taught about the same. “Our generation knew about Olympics as in our books we used to have logo of the Olympics, but it’s not there today,” he said. Salman will be next seen in ‘Sultan’, where quite interestingly, he plays a sportsperson (wrestler).