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Taking sports commitment beyond screen: ‘Sultan’ Salman to give Rs 1 lakh to each Olympian

Salman Khan to give Rs 1 Lakh to every Olympian, asks people to encourage sports nation.
India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi August 17, 2016 19:00 IST
India TV Entertainment Desk

Superstar Salman Khan, who is one of the goodwill ambassadors of Rio Olympics, will present a cheque of Rs1 Lakh to every Olympic athlete as a gesture of appreciation.

The ‘Sultan’ star took to his Twitter account to make the announcement, which would surely uplift the morals of the sportspersons participating in the international event.

“As a gesture of appreciation for our Olympic athletes, I will present each one with a cheque of Rs1,01,000,” he tweeted.

Further, in a series of tweets, Salman appreciated the government’s commitment towards sports and asked the common people to encourage the sports nation.

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The government is very supportive of sports. Each of us can also do our bit to encourage a sports nation,” he tweeted.

He also appreciated the work of OGQ and the private companies who are supporting the Olympics.

“I admire the work that Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) is doing to shape tmrw's champions”

“And also companies like Edelweiss, Jio and others who have come forward to support the Olympics.”

India is yet to win a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics with big shots Abhinav Bindra, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza and Deepa Karmakar failing to en

Now, India hopes rely heavily on 21-year-old shutter PV Sindhu who is just one win away from assuring the country an elusive medal. She beat the World No.2 Wang Yihan of China to enter the semi-finals of the women's singles category on Wednesday (IST).

Interestingly, Salman Khan is not the first Bollywood actor to pay attention towards monetary rewards to Olympians. Akshay Kumar too had voiced concern for financial support to the sportsperson over and above the medals and certificates.