Rightly considered as the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has humbly accepted IOA i.e., Indian Olympic Association’s invitation to take the role of Indian contingent’s Goodwill Ambassador for the Rio Olympics to be held in August.
Sachin Tendulkar now joins Olympic Gold-Medallist Abhinav Bindra and actor Salman Khan as the third Goodwill Ambassador for the Indian athletes which would be participating in the Rio Olympics. Before Tendulkar accepted the invitation from IOA, the IOA faced lots of criticism over the appointment of Salman Khan as the Goodwill Ambassador, as people were furious about the spot not given to a sportsman who deserves it more than the actor. There was an outburst on social media and IOA was heavily lashed.
IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta was very pleased with Sachin joining the list. ‘We are very happy to have an iconic sportsperson like Mr Tendulkar on board as goodwill ambassador. We are thankful to him. We hope his association and the association of other goodwill ambassadors will take Indian sport forward,’ he said.
The IOA has also tried to rope in music director and Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman as another Goodwill Ambassador. Though he hasn’t yet responded to the invitation, but Rajiv Mehta is quite optimistic about Rahman accepting the proposal. He justified the selection of these certain celebrities by saying that their reach and popularity will help spread the idea of Olympics all over the country, in every village and city of India.
These big names will surely popularize the sporting culture and thus motivate the people to consider and respect all sports alike. It would inspire many to take up sports and try to pursue a career in it. This will certainly help build the reputation of India in International Sports events, like the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, etc.