Indian batting star, Gautam Gambhir has spoken on naming Salman Khan as the Olympics Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian contingent for the 2016 Rio Olympics, he believes someone like Abhinav Bindra would have been better, who has won gold medal in 10m air rifle competition in Beijing Olympics for India.
Gambhir spoken outrageously that sports don’t need film stars for publicity. Gambhir said, “I would have been happy if someone like Abhinav Bindra would have been named as an ambassador. There are a lot of sportspersons who have done a lot for sport. Ideally, one among them should have been given that responsibility.”
Gambhir giving such a statement is a bit surprising as he is the captain of Kolkatta Knight Rider in IPL, a franchise that is co-owned by Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla.
Gautam Gambhir went on to say, “Sportspersons do not need publicity, they do the job for the country. His (appointment) does not give real excitement to a sportsperson,”
He further stated on the issue, “I think a sportsperson should have been a much preferred choice. As he (Bindra) is the first guy who has won a gold medal at the Olympics. He would have been the ideal choice. I have heard someone saying that sportsmen need publicity and sportspersons need Bollywood, my take is completely different.”
On the other hand, the legendary Indian batsman, Sunil Gavaskar has a completely different take on it. He coins the involvement of Bollywood stars in IPL as the main reason of IPL’s prosperity and fame.
He backed the decision of engaging Salman Khan in Rio Olympics campaign for India and thinks that this idea can actually benefit India’s run in Rio.
“Why not a known face who is not really a part of that particular profession. If he can bring a lot more awareness to that particular profession then why not? I don’t see anything wrong in it,” Gavaskar said in a statement.
Some of the prominent sports personalities of India, including Milkha Singh and Olympic wrestling gold medalist Yogeshwar Dutt, have criticized the decision of the Indian Olympics Association of taking Salman Khan onboard.