Winter Olympics: Skier Jagdish misses flight after confusion over coach

Updated: Feb 04, 2018, 12:16 IST | PTI

Cross country skier Jagdish Singh's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was jeopardised as he could not board the flight for the South Korean city due to ambiguity over his accompanying coach

Jagdish Singh
Jagdish Singh

Cross country skier Jagdish Singh's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was jeopardised as he could not board the flight for the South Korean city due to ambiguity over his accompanying coach. Jagdish was to leave for Korea on Saturday but both Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI) and his employer, Indian Army, wanted coaches nominated by them to travel with him.

Jagdish trains at the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) at Gulmarg. The WGFI proposed names of President Col. (Rtd.) Jodh Singh Dhillon and Secretary General Roshan Lal Thakur but they were rejected by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) since it is a de-recognised body. The HAWS recommended Major General Atul Kaushil but the IOA wanted to check his credentials. IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said that the paperwork, ticket were ready but and kits for Jagdish did not turn up.

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