Nita Ambani, the founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation, has been elected as a member of International Olympic Committee at Rio on Thursday. She is the first Indian woman and the third individual to become IOC member after, late Sir Dorabji Tata and Raja Randhir Singh,
The committee selected eight new members on the eve of Rio Olympics at 129th IOC session in Rio.
High-spirited sports promoter has started Indian Super League football tournament and mostly appreciated for her initiatives in the areas of sports and education.
“I am truly humbled and overwhelmed to be elected by the IOC. This is a recognition of the growing importance of India on the world stage and recognition for Indian woman,” said Nita Ambani.
Nita Ambani was nominated for the post in the month of July this year. The IOC executive body has elected Nita and other seven members just a day before the opening ceremony of Rio Olympics 2016. She can serve in the post till the age of 70. Raja Randhir Singh, former IOC member, served the organisation from 2001-2014, is currently an honorary member of the world body.
The IOC selection process is based on Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations. The selection is based on merit and the existing members took the decision.
“I have always believed in the power of sport to shape our youth. I believe that sports bring together communities, cultures, and generations have the power to unify and unite people. I look forward to spreading the spirit of Olympics and sports across our nation,” Nita Ambani added.