Historic feat: Nita Ambani becomes first Indian woman member of International Olympic Committee

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Ambani had been nominated for election to the IOC as an independent member in June after the introduction of the new candidate-selection process. She did not have to go through the nominations by the Olympic sport officials in India.

Reliance Foundation’s founder-chairperson and a prominent personality involved with Indian Premier League and Indian Super League, Nita Ambani has become the first Indian woman member of International Olympic Committee. She was elected at the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro just a day before the opening ceremony of the 31st Olympics Games.

The principal owner of the Mumbai Indians franchise in IPL, Ambani had been nominated for election to the IOC as an independent member in June after the introduction of the new candidate-selection process. She did not have to go through the nominations by the Olympic sport officials in India.

Ambani is the only current active individual member of the IOC from India and she will serve at the high-profile world body until she attains the age of 70.

Former Indian Olympic Association Secretary-General, Randhir Singh, who served as IOC member from India from 2001-2014, is currently an honorary member of the world body.

“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,” Ambani said in a release.

“I have always believed in the power of sport to shape our youth. I believe that sports brings together communities, cultures, and generations has the power to unify and unite people. I look forward to spreading the spirit of Olympics and sports across our nation,” she added.

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