Published On: Wed, May 4th, 2016

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Goodwill Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar

Indian Olympic Association approached cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as the country’s goodwill ambassador for upcoming Rio Olympics 2016, Brazil. Tendulkar is not only the goodwill ambassador IOA has approached Bollywood actor Salman Khan and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra.

Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar gestures as he speaks during a news conference a day after his retirement in Mumbai November 17, 2013. Tendulkar will become the first sportsperson to receive a Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, the country's government announced hours after the batting great's 200th and final test ended on Saturday. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) - RTX15H1B

Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar gestures as he speaks during a news conference a day after his retirement in Mumbai November 17, 2013. Tendulkar will become the first sportsperson to receive a Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, the country’s government announced hours after the batting great’s 200th and final test ended on Saturday. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA – Tags: SPORT CRICKET) – RTX15H1B

Sachin Tendulkar was the third in the row to accept ambassador tag.  On Tuesday, IOA confirmed that Tendulkar has accepted its offer after the national Olympic body had invited the battling legend to come on board on April 29.

General Rajiv Mehta

‘’ Sachin Tendulkar has accepted our request to become goodwill ambassador of Indian contingent at the Olympics. We have received the official communication from him accepting our request,’’. IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta said.

‘’ We are very happy to have an iconic sportsperson like Mr Tendulkar on board as goodwill ambassador. We are thankful to him and we hope his association and the association of other goodwill ambassador will take Indian sport forward’’. He added.

Indian Olympic Association

Indian Olympic Association had also approached Bindra, Tendulkar and music composer AR Rahmah after IOA move to Salman Khan the goodwill Ambassador. Which had draw flak from many quarters including wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and former athlete Milkha Singh, who said the honour should be given to the top sportspersons.

General Secretary, IOA said, however they are yet to get a confirmation from Rahman. ‘’Mr. Rahman is yet to communicate to us but we are hopeful that he will also accept our invatation’’. Mehta said.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Goodwill Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar

When asked, what will be the specific role the goodwill ambassadors would play and do? Mehta said, ‘’ these iconic sportspersons and celebraties will spread the idea of Olympic movement in every nook and corner of the country, every village, block and city of the India.

‘’ They will help in building up a sporting culture in this country. We need a sporting culture if we want to become a sporting country’’.

 

 

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