Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 3
In maybe step one in the direction of professionalising the game, the Luge Federation of India (LFI) has appointed Shiva Keshavan as its chief coach and High Performance Director.
Keshavan, who has represented India at six straight Winter Olympics from 1998 as a 16-year-old, had been serving to out the federation in an unofficial capability for some time now.
He has been tasked with dealing with expertise scouting, infrastructure planning and coaching wants of athletes. In essentially the most instant future, Keshavan, 38, has been requested to current a long run growth programme.
“…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,” wrote LFI president Deepa Mehta to Keshavan.
Keshavan mentioned it was a pure development.
“I was assisting them with talent scouting and training even when I was competing, with the federation on board. This only makes it official,” Keshavan mentioned.
Keshavan’s first main job is to give you a coaching plan for the Indian athletes because the International Luge Federation (FIL) has introduced resumption of coaching and competitors in September.
“Ours has been an amateur set-up so far, so let’s see how it goes. But in the immediate future we will have to devise training plans,” he mentioned.