Olympic Committee Current Affairs - 2020

Asian Youth Games to be held in China in November 2021

The Olympic Council of Asia announced that the third Asian Youth Games is to be held in China in November 2021. Around 18 Olympic games such as rock climbing, athletics, gymnastics, aquatics, boat racing are to be included.

Asian Youth Games

The Asian Youth Games is held once in four years. It is organized by the Olympic Council of Asia. It is the second largest sports gamed after the Asian Games. The first Asian Youth Games was held in 2011 in Singapore, later in 2013 in China. More than 2,500 athletes take part in Asian Youth games every time.

Olympic Council of Asia

It is the governing body of sports events in Asia. India is a member of Olympic Council of Asia. The transcontinental countries Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan are all are not part of Asia Olympic Council. They opted to join European Olympic committees. Though majority of its territory lies in Russia, it belongs to Russian Olympic Committee.

Nita Ambani nominated for International Olympic Committee

Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation has been nominated as a candidate to be a new member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

She is the first Indian woman to be nominated to the IOC and is being considered in the category of volunteers who represent the IOC and Olympic Movement in their country.

If she gets elected at the IOC Session scheduled from August 2 to 4, 2016 at the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro, she will become the first Indian woman to be on the apex sporting body.

Sir Dorabji Tata was the first Indian representative in the IOC while Raja Randhir Singh was a member from 2000-2014 and is currently a honorary member of the IOC.

Nita Ambani spearheads all sports initiatives of Reliance Industries’, notably cricket, football, kabaddi, basketball, tennis and golf either through company, foundation or its joint ventures.

About International Olympic Committee (IOC)

  • The IOC is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement headquartered at Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • It shepherds success through a wide range of programmes and projects. It acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family
  • It ensures the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, supports all affiliated member organisations of the Olympic Movement and strongly encourages, by appropriate means, the promotion of the Olympic values.