Gautam Gambhir prefers Abhinav Bindra over Salman Khan as Rio goodwill ambassador

Apr 26, 2016, 08:32 IST | Subodh Mayure

A day after Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and legendary runner Milkha Singh condemned Indian Olympic Association's (IOA) appointment of Bollywood star Salman Khan as the Goodwill Ambassador for India's Rio Olympic Games contingent, cricketer Gautam Gambhir too spoke against IOA's move. 

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir

Gambhir felt Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra would have been the ideal choice.

“A sportsman would have been a much better choice. Someone like Abhinav Bindra, who is India's first individual Olympic gold medal winner. I thought he would have been the ultimate choice. I think there is no shortage of real sportsmen in this country and people have done some massive things in this country. I am for the country just as well as I am for Olympic sports,” said Gambhir at the launch of Sansui's new television series.

The 34-year-old Kolkata Knight Riders captain felt sportsmen do not need publicity like films or actors do. “I think sportsmen do not need publicity. Sportsmen do a job for the country because that's their passion,” added Gambhir.

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