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IOC Session in India: Shiva Keshavan calls upcoming meet a ‘turning point’ in country’s sporting history

Shiva Keshavan is a six-time Olympian and is the primary Indian consultant to compete in luge on the Winter Olympics. AP

Shiva Keshavan believes that the upcoming Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Mumbai might be a “turning point” in India’s sporting historical past.

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Shiva Keshavan is a six-time Olympian and is the primary Indian consultant to compete in luge on the Winter Olympics.

The 141st IOC Session might be held in Mumbai from 15 October to 17 October, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the occasion on 14 October.

This would be the first time in 40 years India are internet hosting the IOC Session, and the meet acts as an essential step in as India plans to bid for the 2036 Olympics.

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“I think this is a very important moment for Olympic sports in India. I think it symbolises, you know, a turning point in our sporting history, because for the first time in 40 years, the sporting leaders from all over the world are coming to India at a time when we’ve just had our best ever showing at the Asian Games,” Shiva Keshavan instructed News18.

“And also we are bidding for the Olympic Games; not to speak of the cherry on the cake, which is the inclusion of cricket. So many things are coming together over here. And you know, of course, thanks to Nita Ambani’s leadership and representation at the IOC, we were able to have a voice on that forum,” added Shiva.

The 42-year-old, nonetheless, stated it was simply step one and there was a protracted technique to go.

“And I think this is just the first step. It is a step to have more Indians take up important positions in international organisations to start soft diplomacy and grow our prestige as a country in the world. This is the time when this journey starts so I’m really excited about it,” the Manali-born athlete continued.

Shiva is optimistic of India internet hosting the 2036 Summer time Olympics, however felt that there was nonetheless work to be accomplished.

“Nicely, I feel it’s a course of. We’re the one main economic system on this planet that hasn’t hosted the Olympic Video games but. So why shouldn’t we be there? Why we weren’t capable of do it to this point or the place we wish to be is a roadmap that we have to put together with all of the stakeholders of the game put collectively.

“The IOC is here, and I think the interest from the IOC is that India is a country that represents one-sixth of the world’s population. We’re a young population. This is the future of sports, we are called the sleeping giant of sports. As an athlete, I feel good policies of the government need to be implemented and they need to reach people on the ground,” added Shiva.

“So I think we are very much capable of building sports infrastructure, and sports is also indicative of the development of a nation, of sustainable development goals. This is something that’s going to help us reach them,” commented Shiva, a recipient of the Arjuna award in 2020.

 

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