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

Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Saturday named as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics.

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Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Saturday announced Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian Contingent for Rio Olympics 2016 during an event held at the Olympic Bhawan. (Source: PTI)

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The announcement was made in the presence of Olympic medalists and Rio Olympic qualified athletes M C Mary Kom (Olympic medalist boxer), Sardar Singh, Captain Indian Men Hockey Team (Rio Qualified), Ritu Rani, Captain Indian Women Hockey Team (Rio Qualified), Apurvi Chandela, Shooting (Rio Qualified) and Manika Batra, Table Tennis (Rio Qualified).

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This is for the first time in the history of Indian Olympic Association that a goodwill ambassador has been appointed from Bollywood. The thought process behind this is to leverage Salman Khan’s mass appeal to lead a national campaign cheering the Indian athletes in their quest for medal glory at the world’s greatest sporting event. (Source: AP)

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Sardar Singh, Captain Indian Men Hockey Team (Rio Qualified) said “I am happy that Salman Khan has come forward to support and cheer for us during Rio Olympic Games. It’s a big moment for all the athletes participating in the Rio Olympics. Our preparations for the Rio Olympics are going well and we are hopeful of delivering our best results this time”. (Source: AP)

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“Salman bhai will inspire the Indian to do their best in the Olympics. His association will also raise the interest of the fans in the performance of Indian athletes in Olympic sports,” said Mary Kom. (Source: PTI)

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During this event, IOA made another big announcement of Edelweiss Group as its Principal Sponsor for the Rio Olympics 2016. Flagging off this association with IOA, Edelweiss Group announced a life Insurance cover of Rs One Crore for all the athletes representing India at the Rio Olympics 2016 by Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance, the life insurance joint venture of the Group.

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Ritu Rani, Apurvi Chandela, Manika Batra were in all praise of Salman Khan and supported the decision of him being announced as Goodwill Ambassador of Indian Contingent for Rio Olympics 2016. (Source: AP)