Nita Ambani: It is my dream to see India host Olympics, FIFA World Cup

In an address at the Leaders Week 2019 in London, she presented a glimpse into how young India has taken massive strides in the world of sports.

Nita Ambani is confident of India's young athletes doing well at the world stage.   -  SHASHI ASHIWAL

Nita Ambani, member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Founder Chairperson, Reliance Foundation called upon the global leaders in sports to see India as a land of opportunities and invited them to be part of the journey of the world’s fast-growing sports system.

Delivering a keynote speech 'Inspiring A Billion Dreams: The India Opportunity', at the Leaders Week 2019 in London, she presented a glimpse into how young India has taken massive strides in the world of sports. The nation has over 600 million population under the age of 25, coupled with a fast growing economy.

“There is no reason why a nation of 1.3 billion people cannot be amongst leading medal-winners on the international stage. It is my hope and dream to see India host some of the most iconic sporting championships in the world like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup,” she said.

She praised the current Indian government for promoting a healthy sports culture in the country. “We are fortunate that our PM Narendra Modi has a great vision to transform India into a global sporting powerhouse. In addition to promoting yoga globally, the Prime Minister recently launched two major initiatives to promote sport — Khelo India programme and the Fit India movement.”

Mrs Ambani was addressing a gathering of over 300 industry leaders representing global brands. As the founder-chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, she  spearheads the Education and Sports for All (ESA) initiative, helping enhance the lives of children all over the country and pushing the underprivileged and differently-abled through their various programmes.