Former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly sees nothing wrong in Salman Khan adding a glamour quotient to India’s team for the upcoming Olympics, but he also believes that multiple goodwill ambassadors can be chosen from the field of sports as well.
This seems like an ironic turn of events because Olympics practices were disrupted recently at the Jawarlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi to shoot Salman Khan’s film Sultan.
Speaking on the raging debate for the first time, the celebrated cricketer said that he is happy and fine with Salman being the ambassador as he brings visibility and glamour quotient to anything.
“You cannot deny that Salman is popular and he would bring visibility to the Rio Olympics. He is an entertainer. I think it’s fine to have him appointed as the ambassador. I think they can have other ambassadors as well, it’s nowhere written that they can only have one ambassador,” Ganguly said at a promotional event.
Ganguly, who now promotes football and co-owns the franchise Atletico de Kolkata in the lucrative Indian Super League, added,
“There have been some outstanding athletes who have brought laurels to the country, I’m sure they can team up with Salman. At the same time, there is no harm in having other ambassadors. They can work along with Salman and bring glamour, entertainment and sport together. We have some legends in the country they can be a part as well.”
He also cited examples of glittering opening ceremonies in any mega event where entertainment goes hand in hand with sport.
“When you have a big event like the Commonwealth Games and IPL, we have a bit of both, like the glittering opening ceremony with players swearing-in and stuff. It makes it perfect, there can be a mix of both. Look at the ISL, there are so many film stars and sports persons involved and they make it a success.”
Ganguly however hoped that the controversy would settle down soon, saying that people are always eager to share their opinions without solving the problem, and that after a few days of heated discussions, things settle down.
Talking about cricket, Ganguly picked two-time former champions Kolkata Knight Riders as the “best side” in the ongoing IPL-9.
“Although it’s very early days and anything can happen, I maintain that they are the best side in the IPL, quite balanced and looking good.”