India's Winter Olympic Hope Stranded in Iran, Asks for Government Help

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India's sorry state of affairs in the winter sports continue as Himanshu Thakur, country's hope in Men's giant slalom is stranded in Tehran, Iran, and has sought help from minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj and sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

New Delhi: India's sorry state of affairs in the winter sports continue as Himanshu Thakur, country's hope in Men's giant slalom is stranded in Tehran, Iran, and has sought help from minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj and sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. According to Times of India, the 23-year-old was denied a visa on arrival in Iran. Himanshu is supposed to take part in Winter Olympic qualification from January 15.

Himanshu took to social media and tweeted, “I request @SushmaSwaraj Swaraj, external affairs minister, @Ra_THORe Rathore, sports minister and @narendramodi hon’ble prime minister to kindly help me. I want to race in Iran to qualify forwinter Olympics but host country is denying visa on arrival. Please read my next tweet."


His next tweet read, "@narendramodi ,@SushmaSwaraj, career and qualifying opportunity are currently stranded Please extend help as I am only alpine skiier in the contention for qualification of winter Olympics. My races are on 15, 16 and this is my only opportunity."


Himanshu told TOI that, “I could have easily qualified for the Olympics last year, but it seems I am jinxed. During the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, I could not complete the race due to an equipment malfunction.

“I missed two races in Bulgaria since my flight from Turkey to Bulgaria got delayed for more than five hours. Later, I missed a couple of racesin Iceland duetobad weather. Now, I am going to Iran on a hope.”