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Saina Nehwal made a member of the IOC Athletes' Commission

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Last Tuesday at 3:42 PM

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal received a rare honour for an Indian sportsperson today with her appointment as a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission. Saina has received a letter to the effect from the IOC President on Monday night informing her of the appointment.

"Following your candidature for the elections of the IOC Athletes' Commission during the Olympic Games Rio 2016, it is with great pleasure to appoint you in consultation with the Chair, as Member of the Athletes' Commission," the letter sent to Saina Nehwal by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach read.

Recovering from a knee surgery after being ousted from the Rio Olympics, the appointment into the prestigious panel must come as a huge confidence boost for Saina. 

Though the player was not present to comment on the honour, Saina's father Harvir Singh spoke about his jubilation over her appointment to the Olympic panel.

"I have become very emotional. It is a matter of great privilege for us that they recognised her and to be a part of the IOC. They thought that she could be of some use. She lost (a medal in the Olympics) because of the injury. We are proud of her," Harvir Singh told PTI, on Tuesday.

The Athletes' Commission is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and it comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members. The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for November 6.