SPORT-SALMAN-LD REAX 2

first_img(REOPENS DEL 50) (REOPENS DEL 50) The 33-year-old Yogeshwar felt a sportsperson would have been more apt for the position. “Sportspersons like PT Usha and Milkha Singh strived hard for the nation during difficult times. But what has this ambassador done in sports. “What will happen by the appointment of an ambassador? If you had to do this drama, then why not appoint a sportsperson?” he asked. “The country needs medals, not sponsors.” Milkha too felt that the IOA has taken a wrong decision and should reconsider the move. “India has produced so many sportspersons who have given their sweat and blood for the country like PT Usha, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Ajit Pal and so many others. One of these could have been made a goodwill ambassador. What was the need to import a person from Bollywood?” he asked. Milkha, who won gold in 1958 and 1962 Asian Games, said the fact that no Indian sportsperson had been picked up as ambassador saddened him. “I want to make it clear that I am not against Salman Khan, but the decision of the IOA is wrong and the Government should intervene in the matter. This is for the first time I am seeing a Bollywood hero being made goodwill ambassador for Olympics. I want to ask has Bollywood ever made any sportsperson an ambassador for any of their mega event?” he said. “I want that the decision to name Salman Khan as ambassador should be revised,” he said. The sentiment was echoed by the likes of former hockey star Dhanraj Pillay. “I would like to see a sportsperson as brand ambassador. We have legendary players such as Milkha Singh, P T Usha, Abhinav Bindra. No doubt Salman is one of the best faces of Bollywood and whatever he says sells. But in sports I feel sportsperson should be ambassador,” Pillay said. MORE PTI PM SUN PMadvertisementlast_img

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