We have Shri Milkha Singh
In the year 1958 alone, he won many major events. He won the Gold medals in the 200 m and 400 m competitions at the Asian Games and Gold at the 440 yards event in Commonwealth Games.
He also won Gold medals in 400 m and 4×400 m relay in 1962 Asian Games.
We have Ms. PT Usha
Throughout her illustrious carrier, Ms. Usha won many national as well as international awards. She has won 33 international medals including 13 Gold medals in the Asian Games and Asian Championships. In all, she has won thirty International Awards, for her excellence in Athletics. In 1984, she was adjudged the best women athlete the Jakarta Asian Athlete Meet. In the Seoul Asian games of 1986, Ms. Usha won the Adidas golden Shoe award for the best athlete.
We have Ms. Anju Boby George
National record holder in long jump; won bronze medal at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, won gold medal in the 2002 Busan Asiad Games, she also became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championships when won bronze at Paris World Championship
Anju Bobby George is an Indian Athlete, and is credited to be the First Indian Athlete ever to have grabbed a Medal at the World Athletics Championship. Also, she has won a Silver Medal at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Final event.
We have Lt. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore as well
An Olympic silver medalist in 2004 Athens Games, won the gold in the individual and team events in Men's double trap at the 2005 Asian Clay Shooting championships at Bangkok, also brought double trap team gold in 2005 Commonwealth Shooting Championships to his country.
We even have GOD
If I start writing his records here, it might force Quora to change its policy and my answer may collapse for being too long to fit in.
The list will go on with the names of souls who have selflessly toiled throughout their lives to bring repute to this country.
But what truly makes at least 'me' sad is the fact that the IOA didn't find any of them inspirational enough to appoint as the Indian Olympic contingent’s goodwill ambassador and instead, made this man one.
I was sitting with my 16 year old niece when the news flashed on TV. I was pissed to hear the news and blurted, "See, whom they found suitable as an ambassador to represent India in Olympics! He is just a Bollywood performer and now he's going to motivate Indian youth to take interest in sports and Olympics."
My niece: Mama! But, he plays.
I: Which sport by the way???
She, rather sarcastically: Shooting! Remember the killings of deer?
Saying this, she stood up and went into the kitchen and I was sitting there, watching the breaking news flashing repeatedly on television screen.
Yes! I am saddened.
Edit: Those that are justifying Salman's appointment stating his popularity among the youth I would like to bring their attention towards the word called 'relevance'. I do agree to the fact that a brand ambassador need not belong to the group he or she represents but his or her characteristics must.
And when someone in the comment section says that there is no co-relation between a brand and the celebrity the marketers pick, I would suggest him to be a bit more observant when a 'quality ad' goes on air. Let me remind you of the popular Polio Eradication Ad campaign here. The then Health Ministry could have gone ahead and made Shahruk, Salman or Rahul Dravid the ambassador but it was Mr. Bachchan who was chosen over others and has been retained as the Brand ambassador to the Polio eradication campaign for years. Why? Just because the positive and clean image and the dynamic personality he carries and the same has been far more impactful than that of others.
Let me quote another example if relevance of the word 'relevance' still seems intriguing to you.
TVS Sport is the bike the USP of the latest variant of which is its 'mileage'. Why did they choose Virat over MS Dhoni when both are equally popular? It's because Virat has been phenomenal when it comes to 'average' (which is equivalent to 'mileage') for the past few years.
I hope you're able to read between the lines. Peace!
Thanks Vaibhav Antil for the insights.