In a tweet aimed at the latest appointment by the Indian Olympic Association, of a Goodwill Ambassador, which incidentally will be filled in by Superstar Salman Khan, Indian Wrestler and London Olympics medalist Yogeshwar Dutt questioned the move.
In his tweet on the subject, the wrestler categorically asked if someone can explain the work of an Ambassador to him.
“Ambassador का क्या काम होता है कोई मुझे बता सकता है क्या. क्यूँ पागल बना रहे हो देश कि जनता को.” (Can anybody tell me the work of an Ambassador? Why are you fooling the people of the nation?)
Earlier during the day, in an event held at Olympic Bhawan at New Delhi, The IOA announced Salman to be the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian contingent to the 2016 version of Olympic Summer Games. Also, in the same gathering, Edelweiss and Li-Ning were announced to be the Principal Sponsor and Apparel partner respectively.
Salman Khan was chosen from a list of three candidates out of which none came from sporting world. The other two names in the list were Indian Cinestars, Shah Rukh Khan and Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan.
Yogeshwar is in Georgia currently for training ahead of the Rio Olympics. He won the bronze medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men’s 60kg Freestyle wrestling. He also won Gold Medal at Glasgow 2014, Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, Incheon 2014 Asian Games, Gumi 2012 Asian Wrestling Championships and at 2003, 2005 & 2007 versions of Commonwealth Wrestling Championships other than medals at several other international championships.