Indian luger gears up for Sochi glory

Shiva Keshavan, who cannot represent his home country at the Winter Olympics, will compete as an independent athlete.

    India is not known for its prowess in winter sports, but Shiva Keshavan - who will compete as an independent athlete - is the exception to the rule. He is a record-breaking luger who has won several medals and recently qualified for the forthcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.

    With no tracks in India, Keshavan has to train on roads, weaving in and out of the traffic. But despite all his success, he will not be able to represent India. The Indian Olympic Association has been suspended from the International Olympic Committee because of corruption. So Shiva cannot represent his home country when he competes in Sochi.

    Catherine Stancl reports from La Plagne in the French Alps.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.