Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar accepted Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) invitation to become India’s Goodwill Ambassador for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics on May 3.
The move comes in just 10 days after IOA named Salman Khan as their Olympics 2016 ambassador.
Which is why many are saying it has been done so to ease down the controversy
surrounding Salman’s appointment.
Salman during his appointment as India’s Olympic Ambassador PTI
According to reports, some are of the opinion that the Olympic body was forced into naming other ambassadors as they were facing the flak for appointing India’s first ever Olympic Ambassador from a non-sporting background.
Besides Tendulkar, Olympic Gold medallist Abhinav Bindra has also been appointed as India’s Goodwill Ambassador.
He would also be participating in this Olympics.
Shooter Abhinav Bindra, who will retire after Rio Olympics 2016 Sports Keeda
Sachin is believed to have accepted the offer and has also expressed his desire to meet the athletes before they leave for Rio. The cricket God was also UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador for Commonwealth Games 2014.