India Will Host The 2023 IOC In Mumbai
After a span of four decades, India will have the chance to host the 2023 International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai. The last time it hosted the event in 1983.
It was an unopposed race during the 139th IOC Session in China recently. Mumbai was selected without any resistance, probably because of its infrastructure and societal development.
The Indian delegation comprising the country’s first individual Olympic gold medallist (Beijing 2008, shooting) Abhinav Bindra, IOC Member Nita Ambani, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra, and Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur made the presentation to IOC members during the 139th IOC Session, being held alongside the ongoing Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Speaking of having received the honor, IOC Member and wife of business tycoon Nita Ambani said, “We are one of the youngest countries in the world today and I’m excited for the youth of India to embrace and experience first-hand the magic of the Olympics. It is our dream to strengthen this partnership further and host the Olympic Games in India in the years to come,” Nita Ambani added.
Speaking at the successful conclusion of the bidding process, IOA President Narinder Batra said, “I thank Mrs. Nita Ambani for her vision and leadership and also thank all my IOC Member colleagues for their support, I cannot wait to see you here in Mumbai next year. This is the start of a new era for India sport – an era that features the long-term goal of hosting the Olympic Games in India.”
Sports continues to be a binding factor for nations and therefore remains on the top agenda of each country to get the highest regards of professionalism and state-of-the-art infrastructure too.
The IOC session is the general meeting of the Members of the IOC. It is the IOC’s supreme organ, and its decisions are final. An ordinary Session is held once a year, while Extraordinary Sessions may be convened by the President or upon the written request of at least one-third of the Members.
The IOC has a total of 101 members with voting rights. Additionally, there are 45 honorary members and one honour member who do not have the right to vote. In addition to the members, senior Representatives (President & Secretary-General) from more than 50 International Sports Federations, (summer and winter sporting disciplines), also attend the IOC session.