Mumbai, March 25: Noted Bollywood star Aamir Khan will don the role of a torch bearer for the Olympic relay on April 17 in New Delhi.
Along with Khan, five other persons including former director general (Bureau of police research and development) Dr Kiran Bedi, president BAIF development research foundation Narayan Hegde, secretary general and CEO, World Wildlife Fund Ravi Singh, president and CEO Coca Cola India Atul Singh and environmentalist Y Subhash Chandra Reddy will be part the Olympic torch relay.
The six persons, who are a part of the Coca Cola (Presenting partner for the Beijing Olympics) Environment Champions today pledged to protect the environment and support the cause of water conservation.
Speaking about the same Aamir said, “I am delighted to be a part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Olympic Torch Relay. This is a rare privilege and an absolute honor. What makes this special is that it gives me the opportunity to be associated with the world's greatest sporting event and at the same time to raise awareness about the cause of the environment."
The cola giant plans to hold painting competitions in schools across the country on the theme, The need to protect environment.'
On country's Olympic's run so far, Khan said, "There is a huge scope of improvement. I don't think we don't have the capability to do well. Perhaps what we don't know how to harness the capability of the individual."
"We have diamonds but we need to polish them. We need adequate research and development in the sport and that alone can create a champion," said Aamir.
On bollywood personalities and corporates showing interest in the Indian Premier League, Khan said, "I rather be the fan of the team than owning one. I don't want to own the team. I don't have the ability and can't manage to do that with acting at the same time."