Will IOA Drop Salman Khan As 'Goodwill Ambassador' For Rio Olympics For Rape Remark?

23/06/2016 12:28 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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MUMBAI, INDIA MAY 20: Salman Khan during the press conference of 16th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, at Taj Lands End, Bandra in Mumbai.(Photo by Milind Shelte/India Today Group/Getty Images)

The shameful rape analogy Salman Khan used recently in an interview may barely dent his box office returns, but he could have to pay the price for his callousness in a different way. The Indian Olympics Association (IOA) has reportedly threatened to drop him as the 'Goodwill Ambassador' for Rio Olympics 2016, if he doesn't issue a public apology soon.

According to a report published in DNA, IOA's joint secretary and India's chef-de-mission for Rio Games, Rakesh Gupta, said that such remarks can tarnish India's image at the Games.

He added: "He shouldn't have used this analogy to describe his shooting schedule. He should have given a different answer or cited some other example. This way he has hurt the image of Indian sports. This statement will have an adverse effect with the Rio Olympics fast approaching."

Gupta added that he has been trying to get in touch with Khan, but has not been able to do so.

Meanwhile, rumours that Khan has been dropped from the list of 'Goodwill Ambassadors' have been gaining strength. Especially after cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was extended the invitation to be the 'Goodwill Ambassador' too and he accepted it. Later on, music composer AR Rahman was invited to be an ambassador as was shooter Abhinav Bindra.

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