Salman Khan Rio Olympics 2016 controversy: Father Salim Khan defends Salman’s appointment

Salim Khan took to Twitter to support his son Salman Khan, who plays a wrestler in his upcoming film 'Sultan'.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 26, 2016 1:55 pm
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Salman Khan ‘s appointment as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro came under scathing criticism from wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and legendary sprinter Milkha Singh. Both questioned the motive behind appointing a Bollywood superstar instead of a sportsperson as the ambassador.

Defending Salman Khan in the face of this rising criticism was his father Salim Khan. Taking to Twitter, Salim wrote, “Salman may not have competed but is an A list swimmer, cyclist and weight lifter. Sportsmen are performing because of sports lovers like us.”

Taking on Milkha Singh, Salim said, “It’s not Bollywood industry but the Indian film industry which is the largest in the world.”


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    Anurag Srivastava
    Apr 26, 2016 at 7:46 am
    Salman Khan will go to Rio on his own expenses and stay at his own expenses. But an Indian Ambador for the sporting fraternity will go and stay at the expense of the Government. Secondly, he will also show his stingy mentality with fighting for more of daily allowance.
    1. S
      May 4, 2016 at 6:23 pm
      too much anti muslim agenda lately , So gov thoughts thats best way to show that we respect muslims . Salman khan had been ally with BJP for pardon of all pending cases and illegal issue with salman khan . lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I think salman khan is a fraud where as true loyal amir is punished
      1. M
        Apr 26, 2016 at 1:48 pm
        सलमान खान या किसी अभिनेता के खेल का एम्बेसडर बनाया जाना किसी कंट्रोवर्सी का विषय नहीं है क्यूंकि ऐसे बहुत से खेल जगत के लोगों को यहीं फ़िल्मी लोग लोगों से अवगत करवाते हैं ।
        1. N
          Apr 27, 2016 at 10:55 am
          Now that the Olympics has grabbed the headlines, we can conveniently get rid of Salman Khan as ambador and get on with life as usual.
          1. S
            Apr 25, 2016 at 6:16 pm
            Now that everyone is talking about Rio Olympics.... Decision to have Salman Khan has made sense
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