Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson, of Reliance Foundation was on Thursday elected as an individual member of International Olympic Committee. With this she becomes the first Indian woman to join the prestigious body which governs Olympic sports in the world. Sportspersons like Sachin Tendulkar, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza, Virender Sehwag wished her on Twitter for this achievement. After being nominated in June by the IOC Executive Board, Nita was elected by IOC members at the 129th Session of the world body, just a day before the opening ceremony of the 31st Olympics Games. 52-year-old Nita 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.
She is involved in promoting multiple sports in India with focus on developing talent through a number of large-scale grassroots initiatives. The grassroots programmes that she has initiated have reached out to over 3 million children in multiple sports. She is the architect of Indian Super League which has helped in raising the profile of Indian football. “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,” Nita said in a release. Let’s see what these sportpersons, celebrities posted on Twitter:
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 4, 2016
Congrats Nita Ambani on being elected to International Olympic Committee.Have seen your passion for sports firsthand pic.twitter.com/edxKpBG9ES
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 4, 2016
— John Abraham (@TheJohnAbraham) August 4, 2016
Congratulations to #NitaAmbani on her election to the IOC. Her passion and commitment to the growth of sport across the country is amazing??
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 4, 2016
— Vindu Dara Singh (@RealVinduSingh) August 4, 2016
Congratulations #NitaAmbani .. its an amazing achievement. Hope you have a great term with the IOC
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) August 4, 2016
Caption this.. What emoticon am I? ????????? #PRImoticon https://t.co/xh0ESUEauQ
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) August 4, 2016
Congratulations Nita Ambani on becoming the first INDIAN woman member of the International Olympic Committee. Giant leap for Indian women.
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) August 4, 2016
Good to see a woman represent Indian sport at a global level. Congratulations Nita Ambani on being elected to the IOC
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) August 4, 2016
And the best wishes continued to pour in from the ‘aam aadmi’ too!
Congrats #NitaAmbani on becoming 1st Indian woman to become member of International Olympic Committee.Huge inspiration for Indian women
— R G Rajan (@rgrajan1957) August 5, 2016
Congratulations #NitaAmbani for becoming the 1st Indian woman to join International Olympic Committee after being elected individual member.
— shareef nandyala (@nandyalashareef) August 5, 2016
— kalpana chowdhary (@kalpanaNC) August 5, 2016
“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.