Salman Khan named as Indian contingent’s Goodwill Ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016

IOA reportedly chose Salman Khan as he is considered to be more connected with the youth and sportspersons

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: April 23, 2016 5:50:23 pm

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Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Saturday named as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics to be held in August this year.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which made the announcement at its headquarters in New Delhi, chose Salman from a list of two to three candidates which also included Shah Rukh Khan and veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan.

However, the IOA reportedly chose Salman as he is considered to be more connected with the youth and sportspersons. The 50-year-old Salman is a youth icon and an inspiration for bodybuilding fans across the country.

His latest film ‘Sultan’ is a sports-drama which sees Salman in the role of a wrestler who rises from small town origins to achieve international success.

This is the first time when a Bollywood superstar will be a goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent at the Olympics.

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