Founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation Nita Ambani on Thursday was elected as an individual member of the International Olympics Committee. This makes her the first Indian woman to become a member of the governing body of the Olympics and the only individual member from India.

According to a statement from Reliance Foundation, she said, "I am truly humbled and overwhelmed to be elected by the IOC. This is a recognition of the growing importance of India on the world stage and recognition of Indian women." She was nominated in July 2016 by the IOC Executive Board.

So for, two other Indians have been members of the IOC – the late Sir Dorabji Tata and Raja Randhir Singh, who is currently an honorary member of the apex sporting body.