The actor opens up about being appointed as the Indian Goodwill ambassador for the Rio Olympics 2016 and his plans for the grand spectacle...
Salman Khan was appointed India's Goodwill Ambassador for the Rio Olympic Games 2016 on Sunday and since then a lot of people have questioned this decision. While many have criticised this move, a few have welcomed it. However, this does not bother the superstar as he continues to work towards his goal to help popularise the Olympic Games as well as to get some recognition to other sports apart from cricket. In an interview with Bombay Times, the actor opens about his appointment and his responsibilities as the Goodwill ambassador.
Talking about why India needs an ambassador for Olympics,
Salman suggests that the games aren't followed in India as much as it should and the Olympic Heroes aren't rewarded and so he wants to inspire people to watch the games. As he revealed to a leading daily, "Olympics are not that well covered and watched in India like in other countries.So, when somebody comes to support the players, it makes them feel good and work harder. They become more inspired and dedicated. Having someone like me helps in creating a buzz about the Olympics."
We have to totally agree with the point that he has made. People in our country follow Cricket, Football and Motor Sports, but forget Olympics. At this point, people are still confused about how Salman will promote the sports and the players. However,
Salman has the answers to all your questions, as he reveals, "I want to charge up the players and see how they are progressing. If we can increase our medal tally compared to last year, it would be great. When that happens, the infrastructure, diet, coaching and other facilities get better. Pehle (ambassador) nahi lekar aaye thay toh theek hai, par ab jab kisi ko lekar aaye hain toh the players should be encouraged. Since I can only participate in the Olympics if walking were a sport, isiliye main woh hoon jo gaadi ko piche se dhakka de sakta hai. I will also try to go to Rio in the initial phase of the Olympics."
But is there a need for a Bollywood celeb to get some attention.
Salman mentions, "Everyone's watching cricket, and it has lots of stars. We need to make stars in other sports. Today , people watch tennis because of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza. Similarly , Saina Nehwal and Dipika Pallikal are stars in their own right. Football will take over very soon because the next generation is hooked to football. Our fault is that we blame cricket, while we need to watch more sports on TV compared to the rubbish we watch otherwise. Once we do that, TRPs will go up, and players will get endorsements and they will become stars. While flipping through channels, stop at a badminton match, and try to know who is playing. You want hockey to return to its old glory, watch a game be it in the stadium or on TV. We (Bollywood celebs) just give that initial impetus."
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