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Update: Salman Khan will be the Goodwill Ambassador for the Indian contingent in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The announcement was made during an event in the national capital on Saturday, which was also attended by star Indian boxer Mary Kom.

"Olympic sports don't get enough viewership as compared to cricket. It's not cricket's fault but our fault for not watching. They need our support," Salman told NDTV. "I will try to go to Rio for a while if not for full duration.

"My sporting heroes are Sania [Mirza], Sushil [Kumar] and Vijender [Singh]. I hope I can give them the push that they need, in my role as goodwill ambassador," he revealed.

Salman, who is regarded as one of the most prominent faces of the Indian film industry, has been in attendance during various sports competitions across India -- be it in the Indian Premier League or the Pro Kabaddi League. The 50-year-old entertainer was also briefly associated with Indian Super League franchisee FC Pune City in its first year.

He is currently shooting for the Indian sports-drama film "Sultan", based on the life of a small town wrestler from Haryana, Sultan Ali Khan. Salman plays the protagonist in the film, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on July 6.

Original story: "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and "Sultan" actor Salman Khan will reportedly represent the Indian contingent as their Goodwill Ambassador in the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, an official confirmation on the same is yet to be made. 

The mega quadrennial sporting event is slated to get under way on August 5. The torch for the event to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has already been lit in Greece.