Saina Nehwal appointed member of IOC’s Athletes’ Commission

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 received a letter to the effect from IOC President Thomas Bach on Monday.

“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 Commission is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members.

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for November 6.

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, said in an interview last month that she hoped to play in tournaments in November if everything went well.

Saina’s father Harvir Singh expressed happiness over her appointment to the Olympic panel.

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