Oscar winning music maestro A R Rahman will join as the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent along with cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar , ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood star Salman Khan .
The IOA official said Rahman has send a official written confirmation accepting the role, “It’s absolutely an honour and my pleasure to be a goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent scheduled for August 2016,” Rahman said in a release issued by the IOA.
Welcoming Rahman on board, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said, “I would like to welcome AR Rahman on board as a goodwill ambassador of Indian contingent for Rio Olympics . It’s our privilege to have the Oscar winning living legend-music composer on board to spread awareness and promote the Olympic movement.
There was a huge uproar after Salman was appointed Goodwill Ambassador ahead of other sporting luminaries. The IOA immediately went into damage-control mode and requested Beijing Games gold medallist shooter Bindra and Tendulkar to be Goodwill Ambassadors.