Salman Khan said media did not give the same coverage to Sachin Tendulkar and AR Rahman as they gave him © IANS
Salman Khan said media did not give the same coverage to Sachin Tendulkar (above) and AR Rahman as they had given him © IANS

Salman Khan, Bollywood heartthrob has come back hard on all those who had questioned his appointment as Goodwill Ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016. According to Salman, why is the media cherry picking him? He said that master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, legendary music composer AR Rahman were also selected as goodwill ambassadors but no one questioned them. He said that other goodwill ambassadors should have also got the same coverage on print, online and broadcast media like him. He added that as children we all have played sports. It’s just that some go on to win medals. He said for him the nation is more important than the Olympics. Salman also said that he has no intention in promoting his upcoming movie, but he wishes to give more publicity to Olympics 2016. READ: Virat Kohli chooses not to comment on Salman Khan’s appointment as ambassador

Salman was quoted by Zee News speaking to Hindustan Times, “After me, who all have been made goodwill ambassadors? Sachin [Tendulkar], AR Rahman and Abhinav Bindra, right? So, did that [the news of them being roped in] start off well or mine? The media should have done the same thing [come strong on the other goodwill ambassadors] when Sachin and Rahman were roped in. Why didn’t that happen? Why did the media not give them the same kind of coverage they gave me? In their case, too, while one isn’t a sportsperson, the other one has only played one sport.” READ: Sachin Tendulkar wishes Shiva Thapa good luck for Rio Olympics 2016

“Does Rahman need a state-level certificate or a national-level medal to be called a sportsperson? In fact, are all kids, who have tried out certain sports but haven’t won a medal, not sportspersons? Aren’t all the kids or other persons, who like and follow a particular sports sportspersons? If they are, then why just pick on me?” READ: Sachin Tendulkar’s biopic: AR Rahman excited

“Some people say, ‘He [Salman] has court cases [against him].’ So, you have issues with one person, who has court cases, becoming the Olympics goodwill ambassador. But there are so many big politicians who have court cases [against them]. So, desh zyaada important hai ya Olympics [is Olympics more important than the nation]? Mere liye toh desh [for me, the nation] is most important . So, I am ready to leave it [the ambassadorship for Rio Olympics], if you [politicians] also leave [your positions in the government]. There are so many people, who have [cases of] scams, corruption and even rapes, but they are still there [on important posts].”