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Tendulkar, Bindra, other sportspersons back Nita Ambani’s nomination to IOC

The sporting fraternity, including cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, on Friday welcomed Nita Ambani’s nomination to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and looked forward to “betterment and development” of sport in India.

other sports Updated: Jun 03, 2016 23:54 IST
Ambani will become the first Indian woman to be on the apex sporting body if she gets elected at the IOC Session scheduled from August 2 to 4.
Ambani will become the first Indian woman to be on the apex sporting body if she gets elected at the IOC Session scheduled from August 2 to 4.(File photo)

The sporting fraternity, including cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, on Friday welcomed Nita Ambani’s nomination to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and looked forward to “betterment and development” of sport in India.

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita has been nominated for membership in the IOC and will become the first Indian woman to be on the apex sporting body if she gets elected at the IOC Session scheduled from August 2 to 4.

Read | Nita Ambani nominated to International Olympic Committee

The Switzerland-based IOC is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement and is responsible for holding of the summer and winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Beijing Games gold medallist Bindra was quick to welcome the development.

In a lighter vein, Bindra further said:

Tendulkar, too, congratulated Ambani on Twitter.

Five-time World and Asian women’s boxing champion MC Mary Kom, who is an Olympic bronze medal winner, and tennis legend Leander Paes promptly expressed their satisfaction while congratulating the founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation.

Paes, a winner of numerous Grand Slams besides clinching a bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympic in 1996, said:

Former Indian Olympic Association (IAO) secretary general Raja Randhir Singh, who is currently a honorary member of the IOC after being a member from 2000-2014, also welcomed the move.

“I welcome the nomination and it’s great news for Indian sports. I am sure this can only benefit sports in out country,” Randhir said.

Tendulkar and Bindra were in April roped in as ambassadors for the Indian team for the upcoming Rio Olympics.