Founder and Chair Person of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani has been elected as member of International Olympic Committee and becomes first Indian women to join the prestigious body which governs Olympic sports in the world.
Nita Ambani was nominated in June 2016 by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board. Just before one day of the opening ceremony of the 31st Olympics Games in Rio, today on 5th August of 2016, at the 129th Session of the world body, Nita was elected by IOC members. Nita Ambani becomes only current active individual member of the IOC from India. She is 52 years old now, and will serve at IOC until she attains the age of 70.
The nominations for IOC members depends completely on merit base and then elected by the existing IOC members. The entire process of the recruitment of IOC member is based on the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.
“I am truly humbled and overwhelmed to be elected by the IOC. This is a recognition of the growing importance of India in the world stage and a recognition for Indian women,” Nita said in a release. She also added, “I have always believed in the power of sport to shape our youth. I believe that sports bring together communities, cultures, generations and has the power to unify and unite people. I look forward to spreading the spirit of Olympics and sports across our nation.”
Mr. Randhir Singh, former Indian Olympic Association Secretary General, who have also served as IOC member from 2001 to 2014, is an honorary member of the world body.
Nita Ambani actively promotes multiple sports India. As a founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation, she actively takes initiatives in the area of education, sports, health and art and culture.
Congratulations to our Chairperson Mrs Nita Ambani who has been elected to the International Olympic Committee! pic.twitter.com/fWsLkswjRn
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