Can’t deny Salman Khan is popular and would bring visibility to Olympics, says Sourav Ganguly

Speaking on the raging debate for the first time, Sourav Ganguly said that he is happy with Salman Khan being the ambassador as he will bring visibility.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Updated: April 28, 2016 8:27 pm
Salman Khan, Salman, Salman IOa, IOA Salman, Salman Khan Goodwill Ambassador, Olympics Ambassador, Sourav Ganguly, Ganguly, Salman Ganguly, Ganguly Salman, Cricket, Olympics Sourav Ganguly believes there is no harm in having other ambassadors paired up with Salman Khan. (Source: PTI)

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly sees nothing wrong in Salman Khan bringing glamour quotient to India’s table for upcoming Olympics but also feels that goodwill ambassador can be a mixture of both.

Speaking on the raging debate for the first time, the celebrated cricketer said,”I’m happy and fine with him (Salman) being the ambassador as he brings visibility and glamour quotient to anything.”

“You cannot deny that Salman is popular and he would bring visibility to the Rio Olympics. He is an entertainer. I think it’s fine to have him appointed as the ambassador. I think they can have other ambassadors as well, it’s nowhere written that they can only have one ambassador,” Ganguly said at a promotional here.

Ganguly was earlier announced brand ambassador of progressive spectacle lens brand Varilux for three years as French lens maker Essilor also launched its new generation opticals.

“There have been some outstanding athletes who have brought laurels to the country, I’m sure they can team up with Salman. At the same time, there is no harm in having other ambassadors. They can work along with Salman and bring glamour, entertainment and sport together. We have some legends in the country they can be a part as well.”

Ganguly, who now promotes football co-owning the city franchise Atletico de Kolkata in the lucrative Indian Super League, cited examples of glittering opening ceremonies in any mega event where entertainment go hand in hand with sport.

“When you have a big event like the Commonwealth Games and IPL we have a bit of both, like the glittering opening ceremony with players swearing-in and stuff. It makes it perfect, there can be a mix of both. Look at the ISL, there’s so many film stars and sports persons involved and make it a success.”

Ganguly however hoped that the controversy would settle down soon.

“Problem in the country is opinion go galore when things happen, people just jump out and say ‘why this and why that’ without solving the problem. It goes on for a few days and then it settles down.”

Talking about cricket, Ganguly picked two time former champions Kolkata Knight Riders as the “best side” in the ongoing IPL-9.

“Although it’s very early days and anything can happen, I maintain that they are the best side in the IPL, quite balanced and looking good.”

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    SV Prasad
    Apr 29, 2016 at 12:39 am
    Unfortunately, Saurav Ganguly, the cricketer is very different from Saurav Ganguly, the cricket administrator and possibly future;br/gt;As a cricketer, he was fearless and always spoke his mind, the Greg Chappell saga coming readily to mind. He insisted on the players he wanted and got them to take on roles in the larger interest of the team, Rahul Dravid being made to keep in 76 one day internationals, including World Cup '03, being a great example. lt;br/gt;Unfortunately, as a cricket administrator, he seems to be playing the political cards, so as to ensure that he gets the local support when he eventually bids for the BCCI Presidentship. Witness the way he subtly pushed for Kolkata cricketers in the team. Remember Dinda being selected in the Indian team? lt;br/gt;My humble suggestion to Saurav: times are changing, and rapidly at that. The Supreme Court is breathing down BCCI's neck and what Saurav needs to quickly do is to go back to his Cricketer avatar and he is bound to become the BCCI Captain and administer it in his inimitable, aggressive, fearless;br/gt;I recall the famous Shakespearean quote from Julius Caesar: lt;br/gt;"There is a tide in the affairs of;br/gt;Which taken at the flood leads on to fortune;lt;br/gt;Omitted, all the voyages of their lifelt;br/gt;Is bound in shallows and in miseries."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Saurav, please don't defend the undefendable. Salman is a suspect in a major case which is pending in the Supreme Court and the Maharashtra Govt is the one which has taken it there. Apart from of course the blackbuck case. Please therefore don't support, let alone defend the undefendable.
    1. Nasir Saleem
      May 27, 2016 at 4:01 pm
      Same old story for more than a month.
      1. S
        Apr 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm
        Gold medal for India are invisible. Only thing visible is corruption. I guess, we are just wasting money on Salman. It is better to use thing money for other noble cause for poor.
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