Nita Ambani Elected as an IOC Member

Reliance Foundation’s Founder and Chairperson, Nita Ambani has actively encouraged sports across India. Moreover, she has even gone a step ahead by associating herself with several of them and even backing programs to develop the same. These efforts were acknowledged globally when Nita Ambani was nominated to become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Nita Ambani’s election

The IOC is the most renowned sports body in the world. Good news is that Nita Ambani has recently been elected as a member of the same following her nomination, making her the first Indian woman in the council. She will represent India on the international platform, thereby helping Indian sports create a niche internationally.

Selection procedure

Nita Ambani successfully went through the candidate-selection procedure and emerged victorious as an independent member. The election took place on the 4th of August 2016, at the 129th Session. The election ceremony was conducted only a day prior to the 31st Olympics Games which are being held in Rio. This election has been a fresh start for India as the country has not had a representative in the IOC for a long time. Nita Ambani’s experience in the field of sports, particularly her role as IPL team, Mumbai Indians’ principal owner, makes her apt as a representative. IOC President, Thomas Bach played a major role in the election process. Nita Ambani was among eight of the most distinguished individuals who were nominated. Mr. Bach stated that each of the nominees were outstanding in their respective fields.

The committee followed a new recruitment process this time that followed the recommendations of the Olympic Agenda 2020. The candidates were nominated keeping their merits in view by members of the IOC. Nita Ambani is the sole representative from India in the IOC. The elite sports body will require her to serve as member till she reaches the age of 70.

Nita Ambani’s aim to develop sports in India

Nita Ambani encourages multiple sports in the country. Apart from her involvement in the Mumbai Indians’ franchise, the Indian Super League is also an initiative by her. The latter is a step towards popularizing football in India. Besides this, she went a step ahead to develop sports by initiating grassroots programs. These programs have managed to enroll more than three million children for several sports.

Nita Ambani believes that sports play a vital role in building a nation and keeping it united. She also stated how it could improve the lives of youngsters in the country. Nita Ambani aims to spread the Olympic spirit across the country and take Indian sports to a global level. Post her election, she was congratulated by the likes of Sachin Tendulkar who took to social networking sites to extend their good wishes. Her election is being viewed as a major accomplishment for India, as the same will help her in speeding up the development of diverse sports in the country.

Summary

Nita Ambani becomes the first Indian woman to become a member of the IOC.

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