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Shah Rukh Khan: 'I'd like to be India's brand ambassador for sport'

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Shah Rukh Khan has said that he would like to encourage sport as a profession.

Speaking at the launch of the Toyota university cricket championship, the actor suggested that parents must learn to think of sport as a viable profession for their children, IANS reports.

 Shah Rukh Khan poses with his trophy after receiving award for his lifetime career during the 11th Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. The Festival runs through Dec. 2-10

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"In the last 25 years, because of the advent of technology, storywriters and all, a lot of people want to be in media and films. The age of conventional jobs is over.

"But I think we have not reached that stage in our country where children can come up and say, 'I want to make sports my job and be a professional sportsperson'," he explained.

"Parents will always be wary of sports as a profession and I don't see why they should not be... Parents will have to see that there is a job opportunity here, Parents should know that it can be a salary job. Your kids will be proud of you."



Khan, who owns the Kolkata Knight Riders Indian Premier League (IPL) team, also said that he loved sport and would like to be the "brand ambassador" for sport in India.

"I actually would like to be the brand ambassador of any sport in the country. I am good at sports. I love sports. I like cricket. Hockey is the best game in the world," he added.

Khan, who has previously expressed a desire to buy a football team, also remarked that the sport was the "cheapest" game yet the most underrepresented in the country, saying: "We are the only nation who are on the threshold of development and we don't have a good football team."

Kolkata Knight Riders' co owner and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, center celebrates after his team won their Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket playoff match against Delhi Daredevils in Pune, India, Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

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The 47-year-old actor starred in Chak De! India, which focused on a women's hockey team. He explained that women are still poorly represented in sport.

"I haven't seen a change. Films reflect society and show the condition of women's sports. It is sad that the situation is like this.

"I really think it is more important for women to come up. We keep talking about rights and protection, but I feel one of the biggest things for women is to divert their energies and attention to promote women's sport," he said.

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