Nita Ambani Becomes First Indian To Get International Olympic Committee’s Individual Membership

Founding chairperson of Reliance Foundation Nita Ambani, has added another feather to her cap as she became the first Indian to join the prestigious International Olympic Committee (IOC) on August 4.

Ambani was elected as an individual member of the International Olympic Committee during the 129th IOC Session.

She is now a member of the prestigious sports body which governs Olympic sports across the world.


Nita was nominated for the prestigious post back in June 2016 by the members of the IOC Executive Board.

It must be noted that at the age of 52, Nita is the only active individual member of the IOC from India.


She will now serve at the high-profile world body till she attains the age of 70.

Before Ambani, Randhir Singh, former Secretary-General of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) served as an IOC member from India from 2001-2014. He is now an honorary member of the world body.

For the independent selection, there is a different procedure for the recruitment.

Here, the nomination is done wholly on merit and the elected by existing IOC members.


Nita Ambani with ISL 2014 marque players Reuters

Nita Ambani with ISL 2014 marque players Reuters

As founder and chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, Nita in past few years has steered many initiatives in the area of education, sports, health and art, and culture. She is also involved in promoting multiple sports across India.

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