india skiing: Aanchal Thakur gives India its 1st international medal in skiing | More sports News
CHANDIGARH: Manali resident Aanchal Thakur made historical past on Tuesday by profitable India’s first-ever worldwide medal in snowboarding. The 21-year-old clinched bronze within the coveted Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) — snowboarding’s worldwide governing physique — on the Palandoken Ski Centre in Erzurum in Turkey. She gained the medal within the slalom race class.
“Months of coaching have lastly borne fruit. I began nicely and managed to take an excellent lead, which helped later in getting the third-place end,” Aanchal advised TOI from Turkey. Her feat is particular provided that there isn’t any tradition and even infrastructure for winter sports activities in India. Additionally, these taking part in winter sports activities in India get negligible assist from the Union sports activities ministry.
Roshan Thakur, father of Aanchal and the secretary basic of the Winter Video games Federation of India (WGFI), was elated. “This can be a breakthrough for the game in India and your entire snowboarding fraternity is happy with her achievement,” he stated.
Lastly one thing surprising occurred. My first ever worldwide medal.? Federation Worldwide Ski Race (FIS)…. https://t.co/WY7H8a6KNA
— Aanchal Thakur (@alleaanchal)
Aanchal’s father rues lack of govt assist
“Aanchal referred to as me on WhatsApp and confirmed me the medal. I believed it was some sort of a memento given on the finish of each FIS occasion! However she advised me that shw gained a bronze,” her father, Roshan Thakur, stated .
Aanchal’s journey in worldwide snowboarding has both been financed by her father or FIS that, at occasions, funds her journeys. Her father rues the truth that there was no financial assist from the Centre. “The bureaucrats within the sports activities ministry don’t acknowledge snowboarding as a sport,” Thakur stated.
An expert skier requires skis, boots and bindings, poles, helmets, fits, goggles and gloves to compete . Simply the gear prices round Rs 5lakh to Rs 10 lakh. “I hope Aanchal’s medal helps our trigger (in getting monetary assist from the Centre). I need to see my daughter and son characterize the nation within the 2018 Winter Olympics,” Thakur added. “The Centre solely funds journey and logistics from one Olympic to a different. Remainder of the time, you must fend for your self.”
Aanchal hails from Burua, a small village in Manali. She learnt the ropes from her father. Later, Heera Lal, a former Olympian, honed her expertise.