Nita Ambani Takes the Wheel: Revving Up India’s Sporting and Olympic Dreams!

Nita Ambani has been instrumental in advancing Indian sports from grassroots to the Olympic level.
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Expanding on the success of hosting the 2023 IOC Session, India is taking a bold step with the establishment of the “India House” at the upcoming Paris Olympics. Led by Nita Ambani, the first Indian woman on the International Olympic Committee, this groundbreaking initiative aims to propel India towards becoming a global sporting powerhouse.

Landmark India House at the Paris Olympics

The India House, located in the heart of Paris’ largest fan zone, will serve as a hub for showcasing India’s cultural evolution and sporting accomplishments. It will act as a “home away from home” for Indian athletes, providing support and fostering a sense of community.

The India House will be situated in La Villette, one of the largest fan zones in Paris, which is an official fan park for the Olympics. It is expected to host 14 Country Houses, including the host France. With the host Country House also in the same fan park, La Villette is anticipated to have the highest footfall among the three fan parks.

India is the only South Asian nation to have a country house at the Paris Olympics.

Nita Ambani’s contributions to sports

Since being elected as an IOC member in 2016, Nita Ambani has played a key role in promoting Indian sports globally. Her involvement in various IOC Commissions has brought valuable international experience to India’s efforts in transforming sports and engaging with the Olympic movement.

Her work in the Olympic movement was crucial in India securing the bid to host the IOC Session 2023 in Mumbai – a first in 40 years.

In 2023, Reliance Foundation signed an MoU with IOC President Thomas Bach to implement the Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP) in India, aligning with Ambani’s vision of instilling Olympic values in the country’s youth.

Nita Ambani’s journey with the IOC

Ambani’s election as an IOC member represents the organisation’s commitment to introducing fresh perspectives and skills. She serves on several IOC Commissions, including the Olympic Channel, Olympic Education, and Culture and Olympic Heritage.

She has spoken at various forums on the impact of sports on society, the importance of sports and education, and the business opportunities in the Indian sports sector. At the IOC Session in Mumbai, she emphasized the significance of the Olympic movement and its values.

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