While his appointment as India’s goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics created controversy, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has decided to extend his support to the Indian contingent. Impressed by the performances of the athletes from India, Salman has now announced a reward of Rs 1,01,000 to every sportsperson who represented India at the Olympics.
A record contingent of 121 athletes, including 54 women, are representing India at the ongoing Rio Olympics despite none of them being able to win any medal so far.
Here is what he tweeted:
As a gesture of appreciation for our Olympic athletes, I will present each one with a cheque of Rs1,01,000.— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 17, 2016
The government is very supportive of sports . Each of us can also do our bit to encourage a sports nation .— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 17, 2016
I admire the work that Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) is doing to shape tmrw’s champions .— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 17, 2016
And also companies like Edelweiss, Jio and others who have come forward to support the Olympics.— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 17, 2016
The announcement comes days after Yashraj Films which produced his blockbuster film Sultan promised to honour Indian athletes who win gold at the Rio Olympics with Rs 10 lakhs each.