It is indeed a great honour to be a country’s goodwill ambassador, especially for the games as coveted as the olympics. The name Sachin has always meant a lot to the fans of cricket. Outside of that, it has also meant a lot for every Indian. Personally we have been huge fans of how he has conducted himself on and off the ground and the business was always the business of the game. A simple no nonsense guy, constantly focussed on his straight drives, the cut shots, the distance between his pad and bat…
Its really a nice feeling to know that Sachin is selected to be the goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics. Of course there is a fraction of people who are going to contest.
Was Sachin the right choice?
I think I will be too small a person if I ask that question. Nevertheless, I guess there are some raising questions as to whether there were other people – maybe someone who had achieved in the previous olympics. There is also a fraction who ask – Cricket has never been a part of Olympics – so why is a cricketer chosen as the goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics? It hardly makes any sense!
Maybe all of their arguments have a bit of logic. But the way I see it, an ambassador needs to be about the sport, their international presence, the kind of personality who people look up to and can convey a great image about the country – a person who knows what it takes to be a sportsperson and respects his fellow comrades. A person who appreciates and upholds the values of the country and how they translate into the attitude we have in view of our competitive spirit.
So, for the question – Has sachin any experience in Olympics – Maybe not. But does he have enough to make him the Goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics. You decide!