The International Olympic Committee on Saturday awarded India the right to host the IOC session in Mumbai next year.
India will host the session for the first time since 1983, and it will be held at the new Jio World Convention Centre. Mumbai received 99 percent of the votes in favor of its bid from the delegates participating in the process, with 75 members endorsing its candidacy in the session held at Beijing.
An IOC session is the annual meeting of the members of the IOC, comprising 101 voting members and 45 honorary members. It discusses and decides on the key activities of the global Olympics movement including adoption or amendment of the Olympic Charter, election of IOC members and office bearers and election of the host city of Olympics.
« The Olympic Movement is back to India after a 40-year wait. I am truly grateful to the International Olympic Committee for entrusting India with the honor of hosting the IOC Session in Mumbai in 2023, » said Nita Ambani, the Indian representative on the committee. « This will be a significant development for India’s Olympic aspiration and will herald the start of a new era for Indian sport. »
Apart from Ambani, Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, and India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra were part of the Indian delegation.