Salman Khan to award Rs 1 lakh to each Indian Olympian

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Salman Khan to award Rs 1 lakh to each Indian Olympian

Salman Khan is known for his generosity. And without no reason, we say.  The Sultan actor is awarding Rs. 1,01,000 to all the athletes who are representing India at the ongoing Olympic Games at Rio-De-Janiero (Brazil). He made the announcement on social media a short while ago.

Salman’s appointment as the Indian contingent’s Goodwill Ambassador had triggered a huge controversy. Many from the sports fraternity were divided over the Government‘s decision to make an actor the ambassador of the world’s biggest sporting event.

Though India has not won any medal at the event, Sallu wants to award the athletes as a token of his appreciation for their hard work and determination.

On his part, Sallu had justified his ambassadorship. Speaking to a section of the media, a furious Salman asked why nobody questioned A.R Rahman and Sachin Tendulkar’s selection also as the Games ambassadors. “Why didn’t the media give them the same coverage that they gave me? In their case too, while one isn’t a sportsperson, the other has only played one sport,” he said.

He also questioned the very definition of a sportsperson. “Does Rahman need a state-level certificate or a national-level medal to be called a sportsperson? In fact, all the kids who have tried out certain sports and haven’t won a medal, aren’t sportspersons? All the kids who follow a sportsperson aren’t sportspersons? So why just pick me?” he asked.

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