Joining the chorus  against the appointment of Bollywood actor Salman Khan as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for Rio 2016, Kerala Volleyball player and Arjuna Award winner Tom Joseph has criticized the decision of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

In his Facebook post, Joseph wrote: Rio is not a camera gimmick that occurs between action and cut and instead of Salman Khan, a person who has proved his mettle in sports should be appointed as India's representative to the event. 

Joseph is a recipient of Arjuna Award in 2014 and represented India in two Asian Games.

The IOA decision to appoint Salman Khan as goodwill ambassador snowballed to a major controversy after wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt raised an objection and his views seconded by sprint legend Milkha Singh and other sports stars.