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Kohli refuses to comment on Salman’s appointment

Batting maestro Virat Kohli on Friday said he is in “no position” to make a comment over the appointment of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as the goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent at Rio Olympics.

A file photo of Virat Kohli. Photo: V.V. Subrahmanyam

Asked if Indian Olympic Association’s decision to name Salman, who is playing the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film Sultan, as the goodwill ambassador is wrong or right, Kohli said, “I am not in a position to comment about it. It really doesn’t matter what I feel about it. So, there is no point putting it out there.”

“The decision has to be made by the concerned people and I have said this before as well. Lot of people have voiced their opinions and for me I can’t make comment because I am not making that decision. It’s up to the people who have made the decision to know whether it is right or wrong,” he said.

“It’s not my place to answer that because whatever I say honestly it’s going to be masala for news.”

“It’s not going to make any difference. I am being very honest. My opinion will not change the decision for anyone in any sort of association or organisation and I am in no position to make a comment on that,” Kohli told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

Reacting to another query, Kohli said, “If you get support (for sports) from anywhere it’s good. Support is never bad. But I am not saying that I am in favour of the decision or against the decision.”

“As I said it’s not my place to comment on it, people will have different feelings towards the decision. My opinion really doesn’t matter in altering that decision or have an impact on the outcome of that decision. So, it doesn’t really matter what I say here,” Kohli added.