Sourav Ganguly backs Salman Khan to bring more visibility in Rio Olympics

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly backed Salman Khan’s appointment as Goodwill Ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016 saying the Bollywood star would add glamour quotient and at the same time brings more visibility.The sports fraternity is divided on the move of appointing Salman. While Milkha Singh and Olympic Bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt slammed the move, Viswanathan Anand and Baichung Bhutia have said they found nothing wrong with it. The Indian Olympics Association also defended their decision. (Also read: Nothing wrong in Salman Khan being goodwill ambassador, says Baichung Bhutia) Speaking on the raging debate for the first time, Ganguly said, “I’m happy and fine with him (Salman) being the ambassador as he brings visibility and glamour quotient to anything.”You cannot deny that Salman is popular and he would bring visibility to the Rio Olympics. He is an entertainer. I think it’s fine to have him appointed as the ambassador. I think they can have other ambassadors as well, it’s nowhere written that they can only have one ambassador,” Ganguly said. (Also read: Salim Khan lashes out at Milkha Singh, defends Salman’s Olympic ambassador appointment) He added that famous sportspersons should team up with Salman.”There have been some outstanding athletes who have brought laurels to the country, I’m sure they can team up with Salman. At the same time, there is no harm in having other ambassadors. They can work along with Salman and bring glamour, entertainment and sport together. We have some legends in the country they can be a part as well.”advertisementGanguly, who now promotes football co-owning the city franchise Atletico de Kolkata in the lucrative Indian Super League, cited examples of glittering opening ceremonies in any mega event where entertainment go hand in hand with sport.”When you have a big event like the Commonwealth Games and IPL we have a bit of both, like the glittering opening ceremony with players swearing-in and stuff. It makes it perfect, there can be a mix of both. Look at the ISL, there’s so many film stars and sports persons involved and make it a success.”Ganguly, however, hoped that the controversy would settle down soon.”Problem in the country is opinion go galore when things happen, people just jump out and say ‘why this and why that’ without solving the problem. It goes on for a few days and then it settles down.”Talking about cricket, Ganguly picked two time former champions Kolkata Knight Riders as the “best side” in the ongoing IPL-9.”Although it’s very early days and anything can happen, I maintain that they are the best side in the IPL, quite balanced and looking good.”last_img read more