Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Aamir Khan to become chess brand ambassador

Bollywood star Aamir Khan could soon become a brand ambassador of chess in India to help the low profile game to gain popularity in the country of its origin.

Khan, who follows and plays chess well, would particularly be associated with the Chess Players Association of India (CPAI) and its activities, a CPAI member said.

"We are in talks with Aamir for some time and he has shown his keenness to become the brand ambassador of chess and help raise its profile in India," the member said to sources.

"If a formal agreement has not been concluded with Aamir yet, it is because we players are extremely busy playing tournaments as well as managing the CPAI affairs," the source said on condition of anonymity.

CPAI hopes the clean and popular image of the 41-year-old Khan, who has also taken social causes like supporting the protestors of Narmada Dam, will not only boost the profile of the game but will help bring in some money.

"Once Aamir gets involved with CPAI, we plan to involve him in promotion of the game and raise money through events so that needy players can be helped," the source said.

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