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Participating As Country’s Representative Is A Celebration—Keshavan

Participating As Country’s Representative Is A Celebration—Keshavan

Shiva Keshavan, who announced his retirement from the Winter Olympics after representing the country for almost 20 years, stated that his journey over the period has been one of immense celebration to him.

Keshavan who began his Olympic sports career at the age of 16 called it quits after participating in the Winter Olympics of 2018; he is sixth so far. He came at the 34th position in the Luge event of the men’ singles game. It was a very emotional moment for him having represented his country in six Winter Olympic Games beginning from Nagano event in Japan in the year 1998. He revealed that it had been a highly stimulating journey all the way.

Keshavan, whose father is an Indian Keralite and mother an Italian, resorted to Twitter to express his feelings and gratitude. The sportsman who is 36 years old was grateful to all his friends, family, officials from sports ministry, the IOA, the SAI, Indian and foreign supporters and sponsors for the encouraging support he received in the preceding few days and through-out his career. He acknowledged their efforts in motivating him and pushing him to give his best. Keshavan is the leading Asian Luge Champion and holder of the speed record winning the Asian Championships in Luge in 2017 and earlier years of 2016, 2012 and 2011.

Another Indian participant; in the cross country skiing event of the Winter Olympics, Jagdish Singh began his practice runs, yesterday. Jagdish just made it for the February 9, 2018 opening ceremonial event due to delay in his departure from the home country. The delay was because of lack of clarity of the person accompanying him as a coach. The Nordic skiing freestyle event in which Jagdish is a participant will take place on February 16, 2018. The event covers a distance of 15 km.