No invitation to be Rio ambassador from IOA: A.R. Rahman

May 11, 2016, 08:58 IST | PTI

Legendary music composer yet to join Salman Khan, Sachin Tendulkar and Abhinav Bindra as India's Olympics squad’s inspiration, but backs Bollywood icon's inclusion

Music composer-singer AR Rahman denied that he has received any offer from the Indian Olympic Association to become the Goodwill Ambassador for the Rio Olympics but backed superstar Salman Khan for the post.

AR Rahman
AR Rahman

Asked at the trailer launch of film "Pele: Birth of a Legend" about being approached to become a Goodwill Ambassador, he said: "I heard it from the press. It was all over the place; it was on Google news spread. I didn't get any email yet. Maybe my management knows, I don't know."

There have been reports that Rahman, along with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra were approached by the IOA to become the Goodwill Ambassador for the Olympics to be held in Rio de Janerio later this year.

About Salman's appointment, Rahman said: "I think he is a very popular face, why not?" Salman's appointment has created a controversy with some current and former sportspersons such as athlete Milkha Singh, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and cricketer Gautam Gambhir raising objections and stating that a sportsperson would be a better choice than an actor for the post.

Asked if a sportsperson would be better than an actor for the post, Rahman said: "Very true, good question, not to ask me, but the board."

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