Nita Ambani, founder of the Reliance Foundations on Thursday became the first female member of the International Olympic Committee after she was elected at the 129th Indian Olympic Association (IOC) session in Rio. She can serve the World body till she attains the age of 70. 52-year-old Ambani is the only member from India. The selection process is independent and follows the recommendations from the Olympic Agenda 2020 and then the members are elected by the IOC members.
As the Chairperson of Reliance Foundations, Ambani has involved in the promotion of sports in India and had started the Indian Super League Football tournament. Ambani has also been involved in areas of sports, education, health and culture. She has been promoting multiple sports in the country while focussing on the undiscovered talents at the grass root level. Her initiatives have affected over 3 million children through out the country.
Talking to the press, Ambani said that she felt humbled and overwhelmed at her election. She believed this was a recognition of Indian sports and women in the world. She was of the belief that sports has always helped to shape the youth and brings people together through different communities, cultures, and generations. Sports has the power to unite people, no matter where they come from or what cultures they follow, she added.
While her election has been termed a welcome move, some have criticised the same saying that it was her money and wealth all along that have propelled her to the position.