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Abhinav Bindra given the role as India's Goodwill Ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016
Abhinav Bindra, ace shooter and the lone Indian Olympic individual gold medalist has accepted the Indian Olympic Association's invitation to be one of the nations's goodwill ambassadors for the impending Rio Games, on Friday.
"Received a letter this afternoon from the President and Secretary General of the IOA inviting me to be a goodwill ambassador. I am humbled that they thought I am worthy enough for this honor. I respectfully accept this with gratitude," wrote shooter Bindra, on his Twitter account.

"While my focus will be to perform at Rio, I will be writing to every member of the Indian Olympic team & offering them any help they may want. I would be open to doing this until the 15th of July & after that my focus will completely be towards my own performance until my event," added Bindra.

In 2008, Beijing Olympics, Bindra had bagged the gold medal in men's 10m air rifle shooting contest. Recently, the IOA's choice to make superstar and actor Salman Khan as goodwill ambassador had left people from the sports fraternity split over the decision with London Olympics bronze-medalist Yogeshwar Dutt and ace sprinter Milkha Singh questioning the move.

However, groups supporting Salman's appointment feel that his appointment would provide glamour quotient to the Indian team's presence at the Olympics. Besides, it would also help in fetching maximum limelight from the people for the Games. 

The IOA had also approached cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar for the same, but the legendary batsman is yet to respond. The apex sporting body is considering to appoint 'more people'  for the role as India's goodwill ambassador.

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