Rio Olympics: Salman Khan named Goodwill ambassador

Superstar Salman Khan has been roped in as the brand ambassador of the Indian contingent in Rio Olympics to be held in August. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), has selected Salman Khan over two other names, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.

However, Salman has been chosen for the sport considering his strong connection with the youth. The 50-year-old is a youth icon and connects very well with them.

The announcement was made in the presence of host of sport stars of the country like MC Mary Kom, Sardar Singh, Ritu Rani, Deepika Kumari, Apurvi Chandela and Manika Batra.

Praising the sportspersons, Salman Khan said, "They are extremely talented and hard working. They are not here due to anybody's recommendation. They are here because they are the best in the country. That is the reason why they are going to the Olympics," the actor told reporters.

"Kuch na kuch zaroor leke aana (Please bring something from the Olympics),", he said on a lighter note.

Salman raised the issue that other sports does not get that much coverage like cricket. "Olympic sports don't get enough viewership as compared to cricket. It's not cricket's fault but our fault for not watching. They need our support. I will try to go to Rio for a while if not for full duration," he said.

"My sporting heroes are Sania, Sushil and Vijender. I hope I can give them the push that they need, in my role as goodwill ambassador," he added.

The 2016 Olympics will be held at the Brazilian capital of Rio de Janeiro from August 5-21.