New Delhi: Actor Salman Khan on Sunday hit back at the critics who had raised questions about his appointment as Indian contingent’s Goodwilll Ambassador for Rio Games. He also questioned the contrast in the kind of the media coverage that Tendulkar and Rahman received as compared to him.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Salman cried foul. He complained about the gulf between the treatments that was meted to him as compared to those who followed him as goodwill ambassadors. “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 told the newspaper.
“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.
The Bollywood superstar was also quick to brush off suggestions that the court case against him makes him ineligible for holding a position of this honour. “So, you have issues with one person, who has court cases, becoming the Olympics goodwill ambassador. There are so many big politicians who have court cases. I am ready to leave it (the ambassadorship), if you (the politicians) also leave [your posts],” Salman told Hindustan Times.
Earlier, Salman attracted a massive furore among various sportsmen like sprint legend Milkha Singh and star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who were not happy with his appointment as Goodwilll Ambassador for Rio Games.