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Winter Olympics 2018: Indian flag raised at Pyeongchang during welcome ceremony

Pyeongchang: A day before the beginning of the Winter Olympics, the Indian flag was raised at the games village at a formal team welcome ceremony.

Luger Shiva Keshavan, Indian contingent's chef-de-mission Harjinder Singh and the mayor of the games village were present during the brief ceremony.

Representational image. Agencies

Representational image. Agencies

"The Indian contingent was formally welcomed at the games village today (on Friday) by the mayor of the games village. The tri-colour was raised during the welcome ceremony.

We are proud to represent the country," Harjinder told PTI.

"We have been looked after well by the organisers and we have no problems as such here except that it is very cold, below minus 20 degree celsius," he added.

Cross country skier Jagdish Singh is, however, yet to arrive at this resort town of South Korea and is expected to join the team.

Jagdish was to arrive on 4 February along with Keshavan but his departure from India was delayed due to confusion over who will accompany him as coach.

Harjinder said that Keshavan, who is taking part in his sixth Winter Olympics, has started training for his event.

"Jagdish was not there during the team welcome ceremony. He is arriving on Saturday. But Shiva has started his training drills," Harjinder, also the General Secretary of Ice Hockey Association of India, said.

The four heats of luge men's singles events in which Keshavan will participate will take place on 10 and 11 February. The final result will come out with the total time earned from the four runs.
Jagdish will compete in the 15-km Nordic skiing freestyle event on 16 February.

The Winter Olympic Games kick off on Saturday with the opening ceremony.

Published Date: Feb 08, 2018 18:44 PM | Updated Date: Feb 08, 2018 18:45 PM

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