International Olympic Committee Current Affairs - 2020

IOA President Narinder Batra elected to IOC

Narinder Batra, President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was elected as a member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He secured 58 votes out of 62 polled.

About Narinder Batra

He was elected to prestigious seat during the 134th IOC Session being held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

His election is linked to his function in a National Olympic Committee that is president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

Achievement: He now has a rare distinction of becoming a IOC member, while heading a National Olympic Committee as well as an international federation. He is also the 1st Indian to have this distinction. He has already become 1st Indian to head an international federation of an Olympic sport which is that of FIH (International Hockey Federation).

Indian IOC Members:

With Batra now being elected to IOC, the number of Indians who are currently active members of IOC will increase to two.

In 2016 Nita Ambani Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, was elected as an individual member of IOC. She is 1st Indian woman to be elected to prestigious seat.

Randhir Singh, Former IOA Secretary General has also served as a member of IOC from 2001 to 2014 and has been made an honorary member since then.

About International Olympic Committee

IOC is non-governmental sports organization that was founded on 23 June 1894 in Paris, France.

It is the supreme authority of Olympic Movement and is headquartered at Lausanne, Switzerland.

It acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family and shepherds success through a wide range of programmes and projects.

It ensures regular celebration of Olympic Games, supports all affiliated member organisations of Olympic Movement and strongly encourages, promotion of Olympic values by appropriate means.

India proposes to host 2023 IOC session

India has proposed to host 2023 International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai, which is expected to choose host city for 2030 Winter Olympics.

Key Highlights

An IOC Session: is the general meeting of members of Committee (about 100-odd), held once in a year, in which each member has one vote. It is the supreme organ of IOC and its decisions are final.

Recent Developments: The formal bid for the purpose of hosting 2023 IOC session was submitted by Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra and IOC member Nita Ambani to IOC Chief Thomas Back on the sidelines of governing body’s 134th Session at Lausanne in Switzerland. 134th IOC Session took place from 24 to 26 June 2019.

Why 2023 IOC?

The year 2022-2023 happens to be the 75th year of Indian Independence (since 1947) and thus seems to be the best way for Indian sports to celebrate the anniversary by having entire Olympic community in India.

Background: Earlier, India has hosted the 86th IOC Session in 1983 in New Delhi. Recently, India had expressed its desire to host the ongoing IOC session to decide the 2026 Winter Olympics host but it lost the bid to the Milan (Italian city). But later, Milan stepped back from the role after Italy decided to bid for 2026 Winter Games instead and thus the session is being held at Lausanne in Switzerland.

As per IOC rules, a host city is prohibited from being elected in their home country. The Italian city Milan was named as host of 2026 Winter Olympics.