Nita Ambani, the Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, was on Friday nominated as a candidate to be a member of the International Olympics Committee (IOC), the supreme authority of the Olympic Games, by its Members Election Commission. Part of a list of eight members who were selected by the Commission, she is the first Indian woman to be nominated to the IOC, and will go on to create history if she gets elected in August 2016 at the 129th IOC Session.

Nita Ambani a fitting candidate for her installation as an IOC member is her commitment to sports. She spearheads all of Reliance Industries initiatives in sports, notably cricket, football, basketball, kabaddi, tennis and golf, either through the company, the foundation or its joint undertaking. There is a major focus on sport in Dhirubhai Ambani International School as well as in the 13 other institutions that Reliance Foundation runs under her care. Grassroots programmes that have been spearheaded by Reliance Foundation have reached out to over three million children.

The Switzerland-based IOC is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement and is responsible for holding of the summer and winter Olympics and Paralympics.

“Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation has been nominated as a candidate to be a new member, pending election, of the IOC,” a statement said.

The election will be held at the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro on August 2-4. The independent selection process follows a new procedure for recruitment of IOC members based on the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations. Once elected, she will continue to be a member until the age of 70. Nita Ambani is the first Indian woman to be nominated to the IOC.

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