New Delhi: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the prestigious Olympic Order to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N. Ramachandran.
A report in The Hindu carried the letter of recognition written to Ramachandran by IOC president Thomas Bach.
“It is with great pleasure I inform you that the IOC Executive Board by its decision on June 1, 2016 has awarded the Olympic Order to you for your outstanding services to the Olympic movement. My heartfelt congratulations,” the letter read.
The award is given in acknowledgement for Ramachandran's outstanding contribution to the Olympic movement.
Ramachandran said he was “truly humbled and honoured” with the highest award of the Olympic movement.
“My grateful thanks to the IOC president Dr. Thomas Bach and the IOC Executive Board for choosing me for this coveted award,” the report quoted him as saying.
Ramachandran became IOA president in February 2014. Former IOA president, the late B.S. Adityan was also honoured with the same award, in 1995.