Sourav Ganguly (left) said that Sachin Tendulkar had tremendously contributed for India and, therefore, the IOA had decided to choose him as the brand ambassador © AFP
Sourav Ganguly (left) said that Sachin Tendulkar had tremendously contributed for India and, therefore, the IOA had decided to choose him as the brand ambassador © AFP

Kolkata: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has wished cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar luck after he accepted the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) invitation to be one of the goodwill ambassadors for the Indian contingent for 2016’s Rio Olympics. The 43-year-old said that Tendulkar had tremendously contributed for India and, therefore, the IOA had decided to choose him as the brand ambassador. “I wish him all the best. There is Abhinav Bhindra as well, who has done wonders for India. Sachin Tendulkar has also done wonders for India. And that is the way Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had thought,” Ganguly told the media. Sachin Tendulkar accepts IOA’s invitation to become India’s goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016

The IOA’s decision to invite Tendulkar and Bindra as goodwill ambassadors came after Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s appointment left the sporting fraternity divided, with London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and legendary sprinter Milkha Singh questioning the move. Meanwhile, those in support of Salman believe that his selection would give a glamour quotient to the Indian team’s presence at the Olympics and would also help in drawing maximum attention from the masses for the Games. Virat Kohli to join Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni?

After all the hustle and bustle to find the right candidate as brand ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016, India cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar accepts invitation by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to be the country’s goodwill ambassador for the same. Tendulkar will be the third goodwill ambassador after Bollywood star Salman Khan and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra. IOA has confirmed on Tuesday of Tendulkar accepting the invitation. The association had sent across the invitation on April 29 and were awaiting his response for the same. The association are very happy to have a legendary cricketer on board this time.