Soon after Bollywood star Salman Khan was appointed as India’s Goodwill Ambassador for the upcoming Rio Olympics, Yogeswar Dutt opposed his selection, demanding greats like PT Usha and Milkha Singh take his position.
PT Usha,Milkha Singh jaise bade sports star hai jinhone kathin samay me desh ke liye mehnat ki. Khel ke kshetra me Es ambassador ne Kya kiya
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) April 23, 2016
Salman stayed away from this controversy and remained silent. But it seems that pressure on Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was building up and hence, in just 10 days after they named Salman Khan as Olympic ambassador, they announced Sachin and AR Rehman were to be his joint ambassadors.
Recently, Salman Khan broke the ice, when asked about Sachin and Rehman joining him as ambassadors:
“The media should have done the same when Sachin and Rahman were roped in. Why didn’t that happen? Why didn’t the media give them the same coverage that they gave me? In their case too, while one isn’t a sportsperson, the other has only played one sport. Does Rahman need a state level certificate or a national-level medal to be called a sportsperson?”
“In fact, all the kids who have tried out certain sports and haven’t won a medal, aren’t sportspersons? All the kids who follow a sportsperson aren’t sportspersons? So why just pick me?”
Reporters also targeted his weak link, court cases. To which, he further added,
“So you have issues with one person who has court cases becoming the Olympics goodwill ambassador. But there are so many politicians who have court cases against them? Desh zyaada important hai ya Olympics? Mere liye toh desh is most important. So I am ready to leave my post as the ambassador if the politicians also leave. There are so many people who have scams, corruption, and rapes but they are still there?”
It doesn’t matter who the ambassador is, it’s the performance of the athletes that should be appreciated and promoted.