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"Not a single winter sports federation is currently eligible for funding in India" — Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan

Indian star luger Shiva Keshavan said that athletes are resorting to crowdsourcing due to a lack of funding by the government for Winter Olympians

Indian luger Shiva Keshavan (Source: Outdoor Journal)

Indian luger Shiva Keshavan (Source: Outdoor Journal)



Updated: 23 Jan 2022 11:48 AM GMT

Star Indian luger Shiva Keshavan has drawn the attention of the government towards the plight of the country's 2022 Winter Olympics aspirants, saying they have resorted to crowdfunding government due to lack of financial support.

The Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing from February 4-20 next year.

"There are 150 days left for the Winter Olympics. A reminder to the government that not a single winter sports federation is currently recognized and eligible for funding in India," Keshavan tweeted.

"Athletes are doing crowdfunding online!" he added.

The 40-year-old Keshavan is a six-time Olympian and India's flag-bearer in the Winter Olympics.

He has been taking part in the Winter Olympics in luge men's singles since the 1998 Nagano Games in Japan. He was also the Asian champion in 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017 and holds the Asian record in luge.

In the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Keshavan and cross country skier Jagdish Singh represented India.

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