Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N. Ramachandran was awarded the Olympic Order for his outstanding services to the Olympic movement.
Olympic Order Award :-
The Olympic Order is the highest award of the Olympic Movement and is awarded for particularly distinguished contributions to the Olympic Movement, i.e. recognition of efforts worthy of merit in the cause of sport.
- It was established in May 1975 by the International Olympic Committee as a successor to the Olympic Certificate. The Olympic Order originally had three grades (gold, silver and bronze), although the bronze grade fell dormant in 1984.
- Traditionally, the IOC bestows the Olympic Order upon the chief national organizer(s) at the closing ceremony of each respective Olympic Games.
- The insignia of the Olympic Order is in the form of a collar (or chain), in Gold, Silver or Bronze according to grade; the front of the chain depicts the five rings of the Olympic Movement, flanked on either side by kotinos emblem (olive wreath).
- A lapel badge, in the form of the five rings in Gold, Silver and Bronze according to grade, is presented to recipients to wear as appropriate.
- Nadia Comăneci is the only athlete to be awarded the Olympic Order twice (1984, 2004), as well as being its youngest ever recipient.
About N Ramachanran :
- Narayana Ramachandran is an Indian squash administrator who serves as current President of WSF (World Squash Federation). He was elected on 2008, succeeding Jahangir Khan.
- He is also, since the 9th of February 2014, the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
- He is the brother of the former Chairman of BCCI and ICC, N Srinivasan.
- Ramachandran was the President of the Indian Triathlon Federation, and later he was Secretary General of the Squash Rackets Federation of India. He made Chennai the “Squash Capital” of India.
- In 2001 he was elected as the President of the Asian Squash Federation and was re-elected to this position in 2005
- Ramachandran was appointed as an Associate Vice-President of the IOA in 2001 and elected a Vice-President in 2005
- In 2008, he was elected as the President of the World Squash Federation. In 2009, he was appointed as Patron of both the Asian Squash Federation and the Squash Rackets Federation of India