Lone Winter Olympics hope - Saurav from Manali Only Skier from India to compete in Norway Winter Youth Olympics 2016


Saurav Thakur 18, who hails from Burua village in Manali has qualifies the Winter Youth Olympic games to take place in Lillehammer Norway, from February 12 to 21st. Seven skeiers including Saurav had participated in the Palandoken cup organised by International Ski Federation(ISK) in Turkey in December last year.The alpine skier qualified for the youth Olympics but the others could not qualify the age criteria.

Saurav along with his coach Budh Ram Thakur and Chef De Mission Roshan Thakur will leave for Norway on Monday. Since he will be representing India at the games the International Olympic committee had reserved him under special quota and the committee will bear the travelling and accommodation expenses.

Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI) secretary general Roshan Thakur said, “Our skiers are doing well. The improvement is being noticed and other countries are respecting our efforts to promote winter games. The only problem we face is lack of funds. We are spending money from our pockets to keep the winter games alive in India.”A Ski kit is worth Rs 4 lakh and it is difficult for individual sportsmen to afford it therefore, they have sought for financial help from the IOC to get a ski kit,snow clothing and boots but the committee has not replied so far in this regard.

The main purpose of the Federation is to train skiers and promote maximum participation in international events but lack the of funds is major setback, even the State Government is not supporting its athletes and all major expenses are borne by the IOC.