On Friday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it has nominated Nita Ambani as a candidate for election to its membership.
With this, the founder-chairperson of Reliance Foundation becomes the third Indian and the first Indian woman ever to be nominated as an independent candidate.
According to an IANS report, Ambani can already be considered a member as the actual election for membership is just a formality. She can now serve as a member of the IOC until 70 years of age.
Although, most celebrities reacted positively to the appointment, on Twitter there was a fair amount of apparent disappointment on display.
The likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Sania Mirza and Sachin Tendulkar all tweeted congratulating Ambani soon after the announcement.
Congrats 2 Nita Ambani on being nominated to International Olympic Committee.Awesum darling.Now sports to b promoted at grassroots levelâ€” Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 3, 2016
congratulation nita Ambani on being nominated for the IOA .Proud moment for india.women power :)â€” Ekta Kapoor (@Ekmainaurektu8) June 3, 2016
Couldn't have nominated a better individual to represent India as a Member of the @iocmedia
Proud of you Nita Ambani.
And then there were the brickbats:
Just signed the file of Nita Ambani and appointed as Rio-Olympic Committee member.â€” Narendra Modi (@MoudiNarendra) June 3, 2016
Aaj Anil Malik ko Kush Kardiya .
Can't wait to see copy pasted tweets by celebrities all of a sudden, congratulating India's No.1 sportsperson, Nita Ambaniâ€” Yeh Log ! (@yehlog) June 3, 2016
Nita Ambani? IOC Member? *meh* -_-â€” Haseen Rahman (@haseenrahman) June 3, 2016
Nita Ambani - 1st Indian women nominated for rio Olympic. what dhe has done for sports?? Is money matters...â€” Imran Sayyed (@ImranSayyed29) June 3, 2016
Mukesh: Nomination k baad Sabse pehla kaam kya karegi ? Nita : Sachin ka account login krungi.
Mrs.Nita Ambani's nomination to be an IOC member is a true testament to her efforts to take sports to every corner of the nation#proudindianâ€” Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 3, 2016
*sigh* https://t.co/LZwMafkmFHâ€” Prem Panicker (@prempanicker)