Saina Nehwal appointed to International Olympic Committee's Athlete's Commission
In a rare honour for an Indian sportsperson, star shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the IOC's Athletes' Commission.
Hyderabad: In a rare honour for an Indian sportsperson, star shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission.
Saina has received a letter to the effect from the IOC President Thomas Bach last night. "Following your candidature for the elections of the IOC Athletes' Commission during the Olympic Games Rio 2016, it is with great pleasure to appoint you in consultation with the Chair, as Member of the Athletes' Commission," the letter said.
The Athletes' Commission is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and it comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members. The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 6 November.
Saina's appointment to the prestigious panel has come just when she is set to resume practice after recovering from
a knee injury. Saina, who sustained an intra-articular injury (inside the joint) to her right knee, had said in an interview to PTI last month that she hoped play in tournaments in November if everything went well.
Saina's father Harvir Singh expressed happiness over her appointment to the Olympic panel. "I have become very emotional. It is a matter of great privilege for us that they recognised her and to be a part of the IOC. They thought that she could be of some use. She lost (a medal in the Olympics) because of the injury. We are proud of her," Harvir Singh said.
The Hisar-born player is currently part of the 25-member senior women's core probable group for the national camp in SAI, Bengaluru.
Randhir also served as the Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) from 1987 to 2012 and was a full member of the International Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2014 before becoming its honorary member.
Schooling caused a sensation at Rio 2016 when he beat Michael Phelps to win the 100m butterfly.