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Supporting India's athletes in Rio small effort from my side: Sachin

India Today logo India Today 05-08-2016
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Sachin Tendulkar, who is in Brazil to support India's athletes at the Rio Olympics, said the atmosphere for the Summer Games was "fantastic" and the energy was "amazing".

Tendulkar, the most celebrated batsman in modern cricket history, was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador by Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The Master Blaster lived his role to perfection, posting videos on social media platforms to encourage members of India's biggest ever contingent for the Games.

Tendulkar's presence in Rio could be a huge boost for India's athletes, who have in the recent past, lived in the shadow of failed dope tests.

While shot-putter Inderjeet Singh and sprinter Dharambir Singh tested positive in their samples, wrestler Narsingh Yadav was let off by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) after he alleged that his food had been spiked and convinced powers-that-be that he was a victim of conspiracy.

Tendulkar, who recently had a knee surgery in London, braved the pain to be cheer for India.

"It's a small effort from my side. I had thought, 'chalo Rio mein jhanda lehrana hai." It is a fantastic experience here. The atmosphere is different. The vibe is different. The energy is amazing," Tendulkar told India Today shortly after arriving in the Brazilian capital.

Tendulkar enjoyed omelettes at a roadside shack close to his hotel in an elite area of town and later had coconut water as he chatted on his experience in the city.

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