The master blaster Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar accepts an invitation to become India’s Goodwill Ambassador at Rio Olympics 2016 in August. Sachin Tendulkar becomes the third Indian ambassador after Bollywood star Salman Khan and 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra for Rio Olympics game.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) invited Tendulkar to come on board on April 29. Tendulkar said he would be happy to accept the honour and added that he would do whatever he could to promote sports in the country.“I have had the privilege and honour of representing our nation for 24 years and I continue to bat for India off the field. The welfare of sportspersons and encouraging them to give their best is very dear to me,” Sachin Tendulkar wrote in a letter to IOA after accepting the offer.
“I strongly believe that the sportspersons from different parts of the country, pursuing their unique skills are the true ambassadors of the growing sporting culture in this country,” Sachin added.
Awareness about their struggles, discipline, and single-minded focus will help develop many more world-beating champions and encourage passionate following of the Olympics in our country,” the little master added in a statement.
“It will be my pleasure to meet these world-class athletes before they leave for Rio to learn about their experiences and preparations.“My best wishes to the entire contingent as we look forward to them proudly expressing themselves in Rio.”
IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta said,“Sachin Tendulkar has accepted our request to become a goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent at the Olympics. We have received the official communication from him accepting our request.”
“We are very happy to have an iconic sportsperson like Mr. Tendulkar on board as a goodwill ambassador. We are thankful to him. We hope his association and the association of other goodwill ambassadors will take Indian sport forward,” Rajiv Mehta added.
When asked about the role of the goodwill ambassadors Mehta said: “These iconic sportspersons and celebrities will spread the idea of Olympic movement in every nook and corner of the country, every village, block and city of 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.”