'Youth looks up to him': Subhash Ghai supports Salman Khan after Rio Olympics row


Apr 25, 2016 12:16:13 IST

Mumbai: After many questions were raised on Salman Khan's appointment as India's goodwill ambassador at Rio Olympics, veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai came to the superstar's defence and said that instead of picking at the appointment one should appreciate the move which can inspire the youth of the country.

The director took to Facebook on Sunday to express his views.

He shared: “Medal or more medals? Salman Khan can definitely inspire youth next to participate in Olympics and win many more medals in every sport ... youth looks up to him.”

Bollywood actor Salman Khan hockey captain Sardar Singh. PTI

Bollywood actor Salman Khan hockey captain Sardar Singh. PTI

Ghai, whose repertoire is studded with films like Karz, Ram Lakhan, Khalnayak and Pardes, added: “What a gesture of our superstar Salman Khan for being ambassador Olympics without charging any fee or gain but to inspire youth of India to participate more and win more medals. Let's appreciate that”.

The Kick star was on Saturday unveiled as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics to be held later this year.

The move was questioned by several members of the Indian sports fraternity with 2012 London Olympics wrestling bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt making his displeasure public with a series of tweets barely an hour after the decision was announced.

Former athlete Milkha Singh has also lashed out at the decision of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

The IOA on Sunday rushed to justify its decision to appoint Salman by stating that “the association is only a gesture and does not include any monetary consideration”.

Updated Date: Apr 25, 2016 13:09:04 IST