Doesn’t matter what I feel: Virat on Salman as Rio Olympics ambassador

  • PTI, Hyderabad
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2016 19:02 IST
Virat Kohli refused to comment on Salman Khan’s appointment as goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics, saying his opinion didn’t really matter and would just become fodder for news. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Indian batting star Virat Kohli on Friday said he is in “no position” to make a comment over the appointment of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as the goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics.

Asked if the Indian Olympic Association’s decision to name Salman, who plays the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film ‘Sultan’, as the goodwill ambassador is wrong or right, Kohli said, “I am not in a position to comment about it. It really doesn’t matter what I feel about it. So, there is no point putting it out there.”

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“The decision has to be made by the concerned people and I have said this before as well. Lot of people have voiced their opinions and for me I can’t make comment because I am not making that decision. It’s up to the people who have made the decision to know whether it is right or wrong,” he said.

“It’s not my place to answer that because whatever I say honestly it’s going to be masala for news.”

“It’s not going to make any difference. I am being very honest. My opinion will not change the decision for anyone in any sort of association or organisation and I am in no position to make a comment on that,” Kohli told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Hyderabad.

Reacting to another query, Kohli said, “If you get support (for sports) from anywhere it’s good. Support is never bad. But I am not saying that I am in favour of the decision or against the decision.”

“As I said it’s not my place to comment on it, people will have different feelings towards the decision. My opinion really doesn’t matter in altering that decision or have an impact on the outcome of that decision. So, it doesn’t really matter what I say here,” Kohli added.

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