Nita Ambani, 52, is elected as an individual member of International Olympic Committee (IOC), which governs Olympic sports in the world. She becomes the first Indian woman to join this prestigious Olympic Committee. She is the promoter and founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation.
She was nominated by the IOC Executive Board in the month of June, 2016. She was elected by IOC members at the 129th Session of the world body on 4th August, just a day before the opening ceremony of the 31st Olympics Games.
The selection process for the recruitment of IOC members was based on the Olympic Agenda of 2020 recommendations. These nominations were done wholly on merit basis and then elected by existing IOC members.
Nita Ambani is the founder and chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, she has played major roles in the area of education, sports, health and art and culture. She also focuses on developing talent, through a number of popular initiatives programs, by promoting multiple sports in India. Nita Ambani spearheads all sports initiatives of Reliance Industries’, notably cricket, football, kabaddi, basketball, tennis and golf either through company, foundation or its joint ventures (JVs). She is also an architect of Indian Super League (ISL), which has helped in raising the profile of Indian football.
With her appointment to the IOC, she becomes the only current active individual member of the IOC from India. Former Indian Olympic Association Secretary General, Randhir Singh is currently an honorary member of the world body. With this recognition, Nita Ambani will serve the prestigious world body until she attains the age of 70. Sir Dorabji Tata was the first Indian representative in the IOC.