Just when the controversy over Salman Khan's appointment as India's Olympic Goodwill Ambassador threatened to spiral out of control, the Indian Olympic Association came up with a masterstroke involving the master-blaster. It has appointed cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and India's only Olympic gold medal winning shooter, Abhinav Bindra, as goodwill ambassadors too.
Bindra confirmed the news about the appointment on Twitter :
The shooter in a series of tweets also said that he would support the Olympic mission but also said he would need to stop his duties early to compete in Rio.
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
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
Every Indian Olympian is a champion in his or her own right I would just be sharing my experiences with them! CONT— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) April 29, 2016
I would be open to doing this until the 15 th of July &after that my focus will completely be towards my own performance until my event CONT— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) April 29, 2016
And he began his duties on the first day itself:
But he needn't worry. After the controversy sparked by the appointment of Khan as a goodwill ambassador, there were reports that the association could seek other goodwill ambassadors. Alongside Sachin, musician AR Rahman was also among the names doing the rounds.