Six-time Olympian Shiva Keshavan has been appointed the chief coach as well as the High-Performance Director of the national team by the Luge Federation of India. He is the first Indian representative to compete in Luge at the Winter Olympic Games. He also won the gold medal in the 2011 Asian Luge Cup at Nagano in Japan.
A letter was addressed to Keshavan informing him about his position and authority where federation president Deepa Mehta wrote, “The federation considered your performance and achievements and noted with appreciation that you have represented India for 22 years and have participated in 6 Olympic Games.”
“You have also won 10 medals for India at the international level and hold a number of World and Asian records. The federation has also decided to entrust you the most important assignment of talent scouting, infrastructure planning, training needs of the athletes, etc. With a view to take Luge sport to the highest level of development aiming at high performance by Indian athletes at international level competitions,” the letter read.
Keshavan Tweets His Pleasure Of Given The Big Role
Expressing his happiness regarding his new opportunity, the 38-year-old tweeted, “I have always maintained that Olympians are a great resource for sports administration. Happy to have been appointed as the High-performance director for the national Luge federation. Will do my best to live up to the expectations. #IndiaSports @KirenRijiju @WeAreTeamIndia.”