India to host 2023 International Olympic Committee session in Mumbai after 40 years

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On Saturday The International Olympic Committee, handed over the right to host the IOC session in India in Mumbai next year. India’s representative on the committee, Nita Ambani, called it an important step for the country’s Olympic ambitions. India will host the session for the first time since 1983. The session will be held at the Jio World Center. During this process, India got a historic 99 percent votes in favor of its bid from the voting representatives. During the session held in Beijing, 75 members supported India’s claim.

The IOC session is an annual meeting of IOC members consisting of 101 voting members and 45 honorary members. Important activities of the global Olympic campaign are discussed and decided during the session, including the amendment or adoption of the Olympic Charter, the election of IOC members and office bearers, and the election of the host city of the Olympics.

Neeta Ambani, the first woman to be elected as an IOC member from India, said, “The Olympic movement comes back to India after 40 years, as we have the honor of hosting the IOC session in Mumbai in 2023. I am excited for youth for India to experience the magic of Olympics. It is our dream to host the Olympic games in India in the years to come.

Besides Neeta, the Indian delegation included Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and India’s first individual Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra.

Abhinav Bindra also expressed his excitement in  a tweet, “The 2020 Olympics was historic for India. Today, we make more history as Mumbai is announced as host of the 2023 IOC Session. Proud to have been part of the delegation led by Mrs. Nita Ambani, and Dr. Narinder Batra! #StrongerTogether #IOCSessionMumbai2023

Seema Jain

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