Nita Ambani, founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation, was on Thursday formally elected as an individual member of the International Olympic Committee. She becomes the first Indian woman to join the prestigious body which governs Olympic sports in the world. Among eight new members elected to the IOC on Thursday on the evening of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Nita Ambani, who also founded the Indian Super League football tournament, was nominated for the post in June this year. She is the only individual member from India and her appointment at the world body is until she attains the age of 70.
Nita Ambani said, after her election. “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.”
“I have always believed in the power of sport to shape our youth. I believe that sport brings together communities, cultures, and generations, and has the power to unify and unite people. I look forward to spreading the spirit of Olympics and sports across our nation.”
The independent selection process follows a new procedure for the recruitment of IOC members based on the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, those nominated are done so completely on merit and then elected by existing IOC members.