IOC member Nita Ambani hails new draft constitution of the IOA
New Delhi, November 6, 2022
International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Nita Ambani on Saturday hailed the new draft constitution of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), calling it a landmark moment in India’s Olympic dream.
The final draft of the IOA's amended constitution, prepared by retired Supreme Court judge Justice L Nageswara Rao, has laid down some key changes, which will be formally adopted in its general body meeting on November 10.
As per the directive from the Supreme Court of India, Justice Nageswara Rao submitted the revised draft to key stakeholders on November 3.
This revised draft has been made in line with the recommendations made by the Delhi High Court on August 16 and in close consultation with the IOC to ensure that it is in line with the Olympic Charter and the basic principles of good governance within the Olympic Movement.
The IOC has given its approval to the IOA's amended constitution.
Lauding the greater representation of athletes and women in the amended constitution, Ambani said, “I congratulate Justice Nageswara Rao for a landmark moment in India’s Olympic movement as we move towards a more inclusive and promising future."
"The amended draft constitution of the IOA made in consultation with my colleagues at the IOC makes me very optimistic, especially with the steps taken towards greater representation for athletes and women in the administration of Indian sport.”
Next year is a key year for India’s Olympic Movement, as India will host the IOC Session in Mumbai. This session will be the first time in 40 years that India will host an IOC Session and is an important step in India’s Olympic journey.
“I strongly believe that this paves the way for India to achieve our true potential in sport. I look forward to working closely with the newly elected members of the IOA to fuel India’s Olympic ambitions, starting with the successful hosting of the 2023 IOC Session in Mumbai and the India House at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games," she added.
As part of her continued efforts for the Indian Olympic dream, Ambani earlier this year led a delegation for India’s bid to host the IOC Session in 2023, where India was awarded the rights after a gap of 40 years.
The IOC Session will host IOC Members, International Federation (IF) delegates, and other key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement and provide India with an important opportunity to showcase its sporting ambition.
The amended draft constitution will now be presented for adoption by the IOA General Body in a Special General Meeting on November 10, post which the elections of the IOA shall be held before the next IOC Executive Board meeting from December 5-7.
Among the amendments are steps to introduce greater athlete representation with eight sportspersons of outstanding merit (SOMs) and greater representation for women in various administrative and voting positions.
Ambani, as founder-chairperson of Reliance Foundation, has been a strong advocate of an “athlete first” policy and been a strong promoter of girls’ and women sport. The multiple “grassroots to elite” sports for development programs run by Reliance Foundation have always focused on providing world-class experiences and facilities for athletes across the country, with a special focus on increasing participation and success of girl and women athletes.