Nita Ambani, Reliance Foundation founder and chairperson, has been working hard for the promotion of sports in India. In London, while addressing the Sports Business Summit which is part of Leaders’ Week London 2019 event, she said that she aims to secure ‘Right to Sports’ as a fundamental right in India. She aims to make the country a global sports powerhouse.
Ambani said that keeping children fit, health and happy is fundamental duty of every society. She spoke about how sports can be a medium for change in a growing society. Citing the example of Indian cricketer Jasprit Bumrah she explained how fitness and sports can benefit youngsters.
Ambani is also the owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians. She mentioned in her speech that she represents the dreams, hope, and aspirations of a billion Indians. She also said that she understands that India is the youngest country in the world and a resurgent nation of 1.3 billion people of which 600 million are under 25.
Being a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Ambani spoke about women in sports. She said she is a big believer of phenomenal power of women and believes that women can excel not only in playing sport but also in promoting it. She pointed out that today women in India are breaking the glass ceiling in more and more areas of human endeavour and so are the women all over the world.
Her address was titled ‘Inspiring a billion dreams: the India opportunity’ in which Ambani highlighted the rise of the IPL and Indian Super League (ISL), and Reliance Foundation’s ‘Education and Sports for All (ESA)’ and ‘Young Champs’ initiatives that are aimed at helping underprivileged children.
Ambani did not forget to mention and laud the sporting and fitness initiatives launched by the Narendra Modi government- ‘Khelo India’ and ‘Fit India’ movements.