Source: News Bharati English18 Oct 2016 15:06:19
Hyderabad, October 18: Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has stepped up her work as she becomes first Indian Olympian who has been appointed as a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commision. The star shuttler was issued with a letter by IOC which read the praises of her game and position she has maintained till date.
The letter, issued by IOC President Thomas Bach, said, "Following your [Nehwal] 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 commission currently is chaired by United States ice hockey player Angela Ruggiero and has nine vice presidents and 10 other members. Nehwal got the appointment opportunity just as she is recovering from a knee injury. She sustained an intra-articular injury to her right knee, said in an interview that she hoped play in tournaments in November if everything went well.
"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," said Saina's father Harvir Singh expressing his happiness over his daughter’s appointment.
Malav Shroff, Olympian 2004 Board member World Olympians association tweeted “Congrats @NSaina for being the first Indian Olympian ever to be nominated on IOC athletes commission. Great news for all.” Nehwal in response has thanked him and said that it is great news for her.