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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 1:55:51 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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