“It will be my pleasure to meet these world-class athletes before they leave for Rio to learn about their experiences and preparations. I am also happy to be part of any awareness campaign that can rally the country around our athletes and motivate them, including amplifying their efforts and success on my Twitter and Facebook accounts,” Tendulkar wrote to IOA in a letter on Tuesday.
The letter, addressed to IOA president N. Ramachandran and secretary Rajeev Mehta, has been written in response to IOA’s letter on April 28, requesting him to be a Goodwill Ambassador for the Olympics.
After unveiling controversial actor Salman Khan as an ambassador, the IOA had faced a lot of flak, which in a way prompted it to approach Tendulkar and Oscar-winning music composer A.R. Rahman.
However, Tendulkar has still not committed to the role offered. “I have mentioned the nature of the role as envisaged by me as I am keen to rally enhanced support for our champion athletes. I look forward to receiving details on your planned initiatives towards this objective,” he stated in the letter.
Nowhere does Tendulkar’s letter mention his acceptance of the IOA’s offer. The fact that he has expressed his desire to support should be a morale-booster for India’s athletes.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mehta that “Sachin Tendulkar has accepted our request to become Goodwill Ambassador of Indian contingent at the Olympics. We have received the official communication from him accepting our request.
“We are very happy to have an iconic sportsperson like Mr. Tendulkar on board as goodwill ambassador. We are thankful to him. We hope his association and the association of other goodwill ambassadors will take Indian sport forward,” he added.