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Sachin Tendulkar accepts IOA's invitation to become India's Goodwill Ambassador for Rio Olympics
Legendary Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar has accepted the Indian Olympic Association's invitation to become the country's 'Goodwill Ambassador' for Rio Olympics 2016. "It will be my pleasure to meet these world-class athletes before they leave for Rio (and) to learn about their experiences and preparations," said Tendulkar in a letter to IOA.

Sachin Tendulkar along with ace musician AR Rahman was approached by the Indian Olympic Association to become India's goodwill ambassadors for the Summer Games in Rio, last week. However, IOA Secretary-General said that they are yet to get an acceptance from AR Rahman.

"Mr. Rahman is yet to communicate to us but we are hopeful that he will also accept our invitation," Mehta said as per a report. "These iconic sportspersons and celebrities will spread the idea of Olympic movement in every nook and corner of the country, every village, block and city of India. They will help in building up a sporting culture in this country. We need a sporting culture if we want to become a sporting country," said Mehta when asked about the role of the goodwill ambassadors.

Last week, ace shooter Abhinav Bindra, the lone Indian Olympic individual gold medalist has accepted the Indian Olympic Association's invitation to be one of the goodwill ambassadors for the impending Rio Games.

"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 Twitter.

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, the 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.

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