Abhinav Bindra has formally accepted the role of goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent at the Olympics. The news comes days after Salman Khan’s appointment as Olympic ambassador drew criticism from different spheres and the IOA decided to rope in noted sportspersons for the role.
Earlier Sachin Tendulkar and A.R.Rahman were rumoured to have been approached by the Olympic Association as confirmed by IOA vice-president, Tarlochan Singh who spoke to NDTV. India’s one and only individual gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was also approached according to the reports and he has gladly accepted the offer. The shooter tweeted that it’s a massive honour for him.
Received a letter this afternoon from the President and Secretary General of the IOA inviting me to be a goodwill ambassador. CONT.— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) April 29, 2016
I am humbled that they thought I am worthy enough for this honour. I respectfully accept this with gratitude. CONT .— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) April 29, 2016
I have lived my life for the OG &have always done my best to work for the betterment of the Olympic movement in India &I will continue CONT.— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) April 29, 2016
While my focus will be to perform at Rio,I will be writing to every member of the Indian Olympic team &offering them any help they may want— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) April 29, 2016
Now the fans would be waiting to see whether Sachin Tendulkar and A.R.Rahman agree to join in as well, and thus give the Salman Khan controversy a silver lining.
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