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HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

Salman Khan rues lack of facilities for sportspersons

IANS   March 31, 2014
First Published: 19:31 IST(31/3/2014) | Last Updated: 19:37 IST(31/3/2014)

The actor feels  it’s unfair to blame our ­sportspersons when they don’t get medals, as they are not ­given enough ­encouragement back home

Bollywood actor-producer Salman Khan feels that due to lack of encouragement and facilities, ­sportspersons in the ­country are sometimes unable to deliver their best, and then face the wrath of the countrymen.
 
“There are no facilities as such, no facilities for training (for the sportspersons) and if there won’t be any facility, how will our sportspersons perform better?” asks the actor, adding, “And when they (sportspersons) do not perform in Olympics and such other games or do not win a medal, then we criticise them and say, ‘You didn’t win even a ­single medal’. There is the problem of food, people are not getting jobs, there is no encouragement.”

Salman, who was last seen in the film, Jai Ho, in January, also says that he is tempted to produce a movie inspired by some sport. “Sports should be encouraged in the nation. I would like to produce a film based on sports,” says the 48-year-old actor, adding, “I have played almost all kinds of sports...I have done swimming, have played football...I even used to play cricket.”

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