Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal was appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. Saina received a letter to the effect from the IOC President Thomas Bach on 17 October 2016.
The letter read it is great pleasure to appoint you in consultation with the Chair, as Member of the Athletes’ Commission. This member can be termed as a rare honour for the Indian sportsperson.
The Athletes’ Commission is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and it comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members. Saina’s appointment to the prestigious panel has come just when she is set to resume practice after recovering from a knee injury.
International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission
The IOC Athletes’ Commission is a body maintained by the International Olympic Committee for the purpose of representing athletes. It was established in 1981 by the then-President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, and its creation was subsequently codified by the IOC in Rule 21 of the Olympic Charter.
The Commission is a consultative body whose function is to act as “the link between active athletes and the IOC”. It makes recommendations to the IOC’s executive bodies, and its chair serves as a member of the IOC Executive Board.
The Commission meets once or twice a year, and organises an Athletes’ Forum once every two years. It works in liaison with similar athletes’ commissions of the Continental Associations, individual National Olympic Committees and the International Sports Federations.