Nita Ambani Wins IOC Election

International Olympic Committee (IOC), the highest board of the Olympic Movement, announced that Founder chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani, has been elected as an individual member of the IOC. This makes her the first Indian woman to become a member of the governing body of the Olympics.

Nita Ambani who is also the only individual member from India during the 129th Session of the International Olympics Committee, will be at the world body till she turns 70 years of age according to the IOC. Nita also polled the highest percentage (92.20 percent) of valid votes among all eight candidates.

"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.  "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.

52-year-old Nita, is among the eight new members who were elected at the IOC session. Ivo Ferriani of Italy, South African film producer Anant Singh, Austria Olympic Committee president Karl Stross, Canadian Olympic Committee president Trecia Smith, Sara Essayah of Finland, Colombia’s Luis Moreno and Auvita Rapilla of Papua New Guinea were the other members.

-Devashree Goenka