Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra was appointed as a member of the International Olympic Association’s Athletes’ Commission on Thursday.
The mission of the IOC Athletes’ Commission is to ensure that the athletes’ viewpoint remains at the heart of the Olympic Movement decisions.
The 35-year-old Abhinav became only the second Indian sportsperson, after badminton ace Saina Nehwal, to be appointed to the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission.
A former world champion who came close to winning a second Olympic medal at the Rio Games in 2016, Abhinav shared the IOC letter on his twitter handle.
— Abhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 9, 2018
“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,” IOC president Thomas Bach said in the letter addressed to Abhinav.
The IOC chief also mentioned about the composition of the Commission.
“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.”
In 2014, Bindra was elected chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) Athletes Committee, becoming the first Indian to receive the honour.