New Delhi. When Nita Ambani was bidding for hosting the Olympic season in Beijing, no one had thought that there would be such a huge turnout in favor of India. India got 75 out of total 76 votes. Mumbai will now host the 141st session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from October 15 to 17, 2023. This is being linked to efforts to bring the Olympic Games to India.
The question is that the IOC session has come to India but will the Olympic Games also come to India? On being given the opportunity to host the IOC session, Nita Ambani had said, “Sports has always been a symbol of hope and inspiration for millions of people around the world. We are one of the youngest countries in the world today and I am extremely excited to introduce the youth of India to the magic of the Olympics. It is our dream to host the Olympic Games in India in the coming years!”
Why is Nita Ambani dreaming of bringing the Olympics to India and why are the IOC sessions so important? In fact, the IOC session is the highest decision-making body on the Olympic Games. This includes adopting or revising the Olympic Charter, electing IOC members and office-bearers, and choosing the host city of the Olympics. For example, the discussion of including cricket in the Olympics is in full swing and if a decision is taken to include it in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games, then it will be announced in the IOC session in Mumbai itself.
There is a long list of world’s renowned sports personalities visiting India during the IOC session. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, the world’s largest football organization, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, International Association of Athletics Federations President Sebastian Coe, Prince Albert II of Monaco and pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva are included in this list.
40 years ago in 1983, New Delhi hosted the 86th edition of the IOC Session. Since then, India has longed to host the IOC session, leave alone the Olympics. Many generations of players have been waiting for the Olympics to come to India, but the Olympics could not be held in India. The reason was that there was no private member in the Olympic Committee to raise voice for India. Six years ago, Nita Ambani became the first Indian private woman member of the IOC. His hard work bore fruit and the hosting of the 141st IOC session was handed over to India.
And it is not just about being a member of IOC, Nita Ambani is changing the face of Indian sports. Today more than 2 crore 15 lakh young players are associated with his sports schemes. The benefits of his unique initiative in the world of sports were seen in the Asian Games. More than 10 percent of the players who won medals in the Asian Games are associated with Reliance Foundation.
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