IOA threatens to drop Salman Khan as Rio 16 ambassador if he doesn’t apologise
Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan’s post as India’s goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics has been put in doubt after his insensitive rape analogy drew heavy criticism. The Indian Olympics Association (IOA) is reportedly mulling a decision to drop him if he doesn’t issue a public apology soon.
According to media reports, IOA’s joint secretary and India’s chef-de-mission for Rio Games, Rakesh Gupta said “his comments as goodwill ambassador would send a wrong message to all the sportspersons in the country.”
He added: “He shouldn’t have used this analogy to describe his shooting schedule. He should have given a different answer or cited some other example. This way he has hurt the image of Indian sports. This statement will have an adverse effect with the Rio Olympics fast approaching.”
Another senior IOA official said Salman would not be invited for the Indian contingent’s official send-off function in the third week of July if he did not apologise. IOA vice-president Tarlochan Singh said Salman should have apologised at the first opportunity, Chandigarh Tribune reported.
Salman was quoted as saying in an interview before his departure for International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) that “when I used to walk out of the ring after the shoot” (of his upcoming movie ‘Sultan’ in which he is playing the role of a wrestler), “I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t walk straight”.
IOA had earlier appointed Salman Khan’s as India’s Goodwill Ambassador at the upcoming Rio Games. The decision was heavily criticised .