The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will hold its 141st session in Mumbai from 15 to 17 October, marking a return to India after four decades since the last session which was held in New Delhi in 1983. Ahead of the Mumbai IOC session, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde extended a warm welcome to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and Indian IOC member Nita Ambani on 10 October.
The IOC Executive Board (EB) meeting will also be taking place on 12 and 13 October, just before the main session. The Opening Ceremony of the event is scheduled for 14 October, to be hosted at the state-of-the-art Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, situated in the Bandra-Kurla Complex. This centre is the largest convention facility in India.
Apart from this, the grand theatre at the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) will host the Opening Ceremony, while the IOC session meeting will be held in the exhibition hall.
Extending a warm welcome to all the delegates, Indian IOC member Nita Ambani said, “We all will welcome all the delegates from all over the world to our city Mumbai. We will be hosting the Olympic session in India after 40 years at NMACC. It is such a happy moment to welcome delegates from over 80 countries. Let’s keep the Indian flag flying high. On behalf of all Indians a big Swagatam to all the delegates.”
The International Olympic Committee returns to India after 4️⃣0️⃣ years!
Preparations for the 141st #IOC Session are in full swing at the #NitaMukeshAmbaniCulturalCentre, as IOC Member Mrs. Nita Ambani and team get ready to welcome delegates from 8️⃣0️⃣+ countries! #IOCatNMACC pic.twitter.com/BKnAm9Xh9m
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The International Olympic Committee Session is an annual general meeting of IOC members. It is the platform where crucial decisions related to future host cities, the inclusion or exclusion of sports and federations, and revisions to the Olympic Charter are made. These sessions are very important since the decisions taken here are typically regarded as final.
As per reports, the forthcoming IOC session will feature more than 600 members from the top echelons of the sports world as well as global media representation from over 100 countries. More than 50 sports will also find their representation here during the session.