Aanchal Thakur hopes ski medal ends govt apathy for winter sports
Aanchal Thakur has just one wish after becoming the first Indian to win an international medal in skiing — an end to the government’s apathetic attitude towards winter sports.
The response to her bronze medal winning performance in Turkey has been overwhelming to say the least. She still can’t believe that none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her on the achievement in a sport that usually begs for attention.
“I never thought the Prime Minister would tweet for me. It is unreal. I just hope we are finally treated at par with athletes of popular sports. As of now, there has been no support whatsoever from the government,” said Aanchal from Turkey where she secured the bronze in Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by The Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS). “I just want to say that we too are fighting, working hard day in and day our for India,” she said.
Skiing runs in her blood but it has not been an easy ride thus far for the the 21-year-old, who is a student of DAV College in Chandigarh. Her father Roshan Thakur, who happens to be the secretary at the Winter Games Federation of India, always loved skiing and …read more