AN IMPROVED selection process has seen Nita Ambani become the first Indian woman to be nominated as a member of the Inter- national Olympic Committee (IOC).
The IOC confirmed Ambani’s nomination along with seven others on its website earlier this month, saying it was a part of its strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic movement.
Ambani, 52, will formally become an IOC member in elections slated for August 2-4 ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
A founder and chairperson at the Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of conglomerate Reliance Industries, she is married to Mukesh Ambani, the country’s richest man.
She is also the principal owner of the Mumbai Indians franchise in the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.
The Indian Olympic Association said Ambani’s presence on the IOC would give a boost to sports in India.
“We welcome Nita Ambani’s nomination. It is great for India and we hope…Indian sports will benefit,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta said.