New Delhi: Questioning Salman Khan’s contribution to the world of sports, Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, on Saturday, came down hard on the officials of Indian contingent for 2016 Rio Olympics for appointing the Bollywood superstar as the goodwill ambassador.
“Sportspersons like PT Usha and Milkha Singh strived hard for the nation during difficult times. But what has this ambassador (Salman Khan) done in sports,” Yogeshwar wrote on Twitter.
Salman Khan was announced as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for 2016 Rio Olympics on Saturday morning. Soon after the pronouncement, the 33-year-old wrestler took to social media to express his outrage on the matter.
The 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist added that Olympics was not a place for movie promotion. He also said that goodwill ambassador had practically no role to play. “Everybody has the right to promote movies in India, but Olympics is not a place to promote films. Can anyone tell me what is the role of a goodwill ambassador? Why are you fooling the public?” Yogeshwar wrote.
Salman Khan’s Sultan is slated for a release on July 6, 2016. In the movie, Salman Khan plays Sultan Ali Khan, a wrestler from Haryana who achieves global fame winning bouts at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the 2011 FILA Wrestling World Championships in Istanbul and the 2012 London Olympics.
The wrestler from Haryana had bagged a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men’s 60kg Freestyle wrestling. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013. Living up to the respect bestowed upon him, Dutt won Gold Medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow.
Yogeshwar Dutt continues to be one of India’s best bets for a podium finish at the Rio Olympics slated to commence on August.