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‘Do not support nomination of celebs as sports ambassadors’

Salman Khan may have earned laurels for promoting wrestling through his movie Sultan, but for wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, such activities are only gimmicks and the Olympian chose to not watch the movie.

bhopal Updated: Oct 18, 2016 07:28 IST
Yogeshwar Dutt said if celebrity, businessmen, industrialists and politicians really wanted to do something for the promotion of sports, they should sponsor players.
Yogeshwar Dutt said if celebrity, businessmen, industrialists and politicians really wanted to do something for the promotion of sports, they should sponsor players.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Salman Khan may have earned laurels for promoting wrestling through his movie Sultan, but for wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, such activities are only gimmicks and the Olympian chose to not watch the movie.

On his visit to Bhopal on Monday, Dutt said he was not against Salman but he is against the nomination of a celebrity as an ambassador for sports, especially Olympics. “I opposed Salman Khan’s nomination as the ambassador for the Rio Olympics because I think the ambassador should be a player who is an idol for sportspersons and can motivate young players,” he said.

Dutt said if celebrity, businessmen, industrialists and politicians really wanted to do something for the promotion of sports, they should sponsor players. “The backing will improve the facilities and will help in nurture young budding players,” he said.

The wrestler said he doesn’t have any objection over appointment of politicians as office bearers in sports federations. “We need good people for the promotion of sports, whether they are sportspersons or not. In the wrestling federation, there are many politicians who are at important posts but they are taking good decisions for the upliftment of the sport,” Dutt said.

When asked about whether he would consider an entry into WWE like two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, who is considering the same, Dutt said, “WWE is a fake thing. I don’t believe in fake things so I will never try for it.”

During his visit, Dutt signed an MoU with RKDF University, which will sponsor 10 wrestlers of the Yogeshwar Dutt Foundation for the next Olympics. “We will also try to start an academy in the university with the help of Yogeshwar so wrestlers from MP could also be benefitted,” chairman of the university Sunil Kapoor said.