Nita Ambani Becomes First Indian Woman Member of IOC (Download PDF)

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The chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambanihas been elected as an individual member of the International Olympiad committee (IOC) . She becomes the first Indian women to join the world body, which governs Olympic sports in the world.

Nita Ambani the Chairperson of Reliance Foundation
  • She was elected by IOC members at the 129th Session of the world body on a day before the opening ceremony of the 31st Olympics Games in Rio.
  • For the recruitment of IOC member the independent selection process follows new process. it՚s based on the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.
  • The person elected by existing IOC members and these election were done wholly on merit.

Key Details:

  • Nita Ambani is only currently active in individual member of the IOC from India.
  • She is 52 years old and she will serve at the high-profile world body until the age of 70.
  • This is the appreciation for Indian women and also appreciation for the growing position of India in the world stage.
  • She has been directing initiatives in the area of
    • Education
    • Sports
    • Health
    • Art and culture
  • She is involved in promoting multiple sports event in India.
  • She will also focus on developing talent through a number of large-scale grassroots initiatives.
  • Nita Ambani is the architect of Indian Super League and this is helped in raising the profile of Indian football.
  • She believes that a sport brings the communities, cultures, and generations together and these are the power to bring together and unity of people.

About International Olympic Committee (IOC)

  • IOC is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation created by Pierre de Coubertin.
  • The first president of this committee was Demetrios Vikelas.
  • 105 active members and 32 honorary members in the IOC.
  • Previous Indian Olympic Association General Secretary, Randhir Singh is served as IOC member from India in the period of 2001 - 2014.
  • He is currently an honorary member of the world body.
  • IOC organises the Youth Olympic Games and modern Olympiad games it held in summer and winter every four year.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 5, 2016

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