Olympics 2016: Salman Khan breaks silence on Rio appointment, others jump in to support

| Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 14:41
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New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Tuesday broke his silence on the Rio row that arose out of his appointment as the goodwill ambassador for the Rio Olympics 2016 by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
"Does Rahman need a state-level certificate or a national-level medal to be called a sportsperson? Aren’t all the kids or other persons, who like and follow a particular sports sportspersons? If they are, then why just pick on me?" Salman had said.
Crying foul over the unjust treatment to him over the entire goodwill ambassador row for the Rio Olympics 2016, Salman said, “The media should have done the same thing (criticised the other goodwill ambassadors) when Sachin and Rahman were roped in. Why didn’t that happen? Why did the media not give them the same kind of coverage they gave me?" questioned Salman.
Salim Khan, Salman Khan’s father, while talking to NewsX, backed Salman’s reactions and said that it was not the first time Salman was being targeted. “Salman Khan is being targeted every now and then by the media,” he said.
Badminton player Jwala Gutta also joined the bandwagon of Salman’s supporters and said that the main focus should be the sports of the country rather than the brand ambassador.
“India is a Bollywood crazy country, so Salman stepping into this will promote the sports and it is ok to have Salman as the brand ambassador of Rio Olympics,” Gutta said.

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