Abhinav Bindra Appointed Member Of IOC’s Elite Athletes’ Commission
India’s gold-medalist shooter Abhinav Bindra has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission. It is a rare honour.
Abhinav Bindra became the second Indian sportsperson to be appointed as a member of IOC’s elite Athletes’ Commission after Sania Nehwal. She was appointed in 2016.
Bindra tweeted, “Humbled and privileged to be appointed a member of the @Olympics Athlete’s commission. Look forward to work hard for the athletes and the Olympic movement!
The 35-year-old Bindra remains India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist, having claimed the top prize in men’s 10m air rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Games. He has retired now.
IOC president Thomas Bach said in the letter addressed to Bindra which said, “As every year and as per recommendation 40 of the Olympic Agenda 2020, I have reviewed in consultation with the Chairs the scope and composition of the IOC Commissions. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I appoint you as a member of the Athletes’ Commission.”
The IOC chief also mentioned, “As you are aware, due to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October this year, please note that the Commissions’ meetings for 2018 will exceptionally take place from 14 to 20 January 2019. For 2019, we will go back to the previous schedule with the review of the composition of the Commissions in spring and the Commissions’ week in November 2019. Thank you in advance for your valuable participation and looking forward to seeing you soon.”