New Delhi: Bollywood star Salman Khan's appointment as the Indian Olympic contingent's goodwill ambassador has not gone down well with star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who feels a sportsperson should have been chosen for the role.
Salman, who is playing the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film 'Sultan', was named goodwill ambassador by the Indian Olympic Association on Saturday in the presence of star woman boxer MC Mary Kom, hockey captain Sardar Singh and shooter Apurvi Chandela among others.
Ambassador का क्या काम होता है कोई मुझे बता सकता है क्या. क्यूँ पागल बना रहे हो देश कि जनता को.😡 https://t.co/vtjb0XWdP8— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) April 23, 2016
Yogeshwar, the London Olympics bronze-medallist, said he cannot understand what purpose such an appointment will serve for the athletes.
Aap ke khne ka matlb h kisi ko ambassador bnao to help krega nahi to nhi https://t.co/C3QAfMmAQN— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) April 23, 2016
"Everybody has the right to promote movies in India, but Olympics is not a place to promote films," Yogeshwar tweeted in Hindi.
"Can anyone tell me what is the role of goodwill ambassador? Why are you fooling the public?" he added.
Kahi bhi ja Kar apni movie ka promotion kare,Es desh me adhikar hai Lekin Olympic movie promotion ki jagah Nahi https://t.co/ed6vCqNMXT— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) April 23, 2016
The 33-year-old felt a sportsperson would have been more apt for the position. "Sportspersons like PT Usha and Milkha Singh strived hard for the nation during difficult times. But what has this ambassador done in sports.
"What will happen by the appointment of an ambassador? If you had to do this drama, then why not appoint a sportsperson?" he asked.
PT Usha,Milkha Singh jaise bade sports star hai jinhone kathin samay me desh ke liye mehnat ki. Khel ke kshetra me Es ambassador ne Kya kiya— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) April 23, 2016
"The country needs medals, not sponsors." However, Mary Kom and Sardar had backed Salman's appointment, saying that it would help motivate the athletes training for the quadrennial extravaganza in Rio de Janeiro in August.
खिलाड़ी हुँ इस लिए बनाया था में दारू नहीं पीता बीड़ी सिगरेट नहीं पीता अब तु बता अलिम्पिक के लिये सलमान क्यूँ है https://t.co/FLXSLuW1Ts— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) April 23, 2016
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) April 24, 2016