Mithali Raj, Nita Ambani named in Forbes list of Most Powerful Women in Sports

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Mithali Raj and Nita Ambani came on the inaugural list of Forbes Most Powerful Women in Sports. The first place belongs to Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura of Senegal, the first woman general secretary of FIFA.

While the owner of the Mumbai Indians, Nita Ambani, has been placed in ninth place, the Indian cricket captain of the female team Mithali is ranked 12th on the list of most powerful women in international sports.

The first three places on the list are taken by women involved in football. Samoura, the second most powerful person in world football behind FIFA president Gianni Infantino, leads the commercial and operational sides of the organization.

Lydia Nsekera, who ranks second, became the first woman elected to the FIFA Executive Committee in 2013 and has been part of the International Olympic Committee since 2009. She is a leading voice to create policies that promote and protect equality of gender in sports around the world.

Florence Hardouin from France is third on the list. She is the first woman to have been elected to the UEFA executive committee. As the only French voice on the committee, and as general manager of the French Football Federation, Hardouin is among a select group of officials that governs the 55 member countries and sets the agenda for the future of European football.

Here is the complete list of the most powerful women in international sports 2018:

No 1: Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura (Secretary General of FIFA)
No 2: Lydia Nsekera (Member of the FIFA Council, IOC)
No 3: Florence Hardouin (UEFA Executive Committee, Director General, French Football)
No 4: Angela Dong (Vice President, Nike China)
No 5: Marina Granovskaia (Director, Chelsea Football Club)
No 6: Barbara Slater (Director, BBC Sport)
No 7: Moya Dodd (Executive Committee, AFC)
No 8: Caroline Wozniacki (tennis player from Denmark)
No 9: Nita Ambani (Indian owners of Mumbai)
No 10: Claire Williams (Assistant Team Principal and Commercial Director, Williams F1)
No 11: Aoife Brodigan (Head of Game Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Facebook)
No 12: Mithali Raj (cricket captain of India)
No 13: Mary Davis (CEO, Special Olympics)
No 14: Rimla Akhtar (Member of the Council, FA of England)
No 15: Sophie Goldschmidt (CEO, World Surf League)
No 16: Japan Women’s Baseball League
No 17: Beng Choo Low (General Secretary, World Baseball Softball Confederation)
No 18: Blanca Uribe (Executive Vice President, Toros de Tijuana)
No 19: Po-Chun (Sophiyah) Liu
No 20: Nadia Nadim (Aghan-Danish soccer player)
No 21: XinYi Hua (sports journalist, Xin Min Evening News)
No 22: Lieke Martens (Dutch soccer player)
No 23: Sung Hyun Park (golfer)
No 24: Sasha Hostyn (Player)
No 25: Leticia Bufoni (Skateboarder)