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Winter Olympics 2018: Confusion over coaches delays Jagdish Singh's travel to PyeongChang

Soumo Ghosh
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327   //    04 Feb 2018, 00:30 IST

Jagdish Singh
Jagdish Singh

India's only representative in cross-country skiing at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Jagdish Singh, has had to postpone his journey to South Korea, over confusion regarding the coach who would travel with him to the Games.

The Indian contingent to the Winter Games consists of only two athletes this time round -- Shiva Keshavan (luge) and Jagdish.

While the former had left for South Korea on Saturday, the latter has stayed back in India, in order to sort out the problem of which coach to travel with.

Jadish, who is employed by the Indian Army, would himself prefer to travel to the Winter Games with Major General Atul Kaushil, one of the coaches from the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS).

"Right now, I don’t even know which coach will be travelling with me to the Olympics. I believe that my coach here at the army should come with me," Jagdish said to Sportskeeda. "I’ve trained under him all along, and he also knows me. So that should happen, but there’s no clarity as such."

Meanwhile, the Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI) is said to have nominated president Jodh Singh Dhillon and general secretary Roshan Lal Thakur, both of whom were rejected.

According to the original travel plans, Jagdish was set to fly off to South Korea along with Keshavan on Saturday. However, India's Chef De Mission for the Winter Games, Harjinder Singh Jindi, who is also the Ice Hockey Association of India chief, had informed Sportskeeda that Jagdish's ticket was rescheduled for Sunday.

Now, it seems unclear as to who the cross-country skier would take as a coach to the Winter Games, which is set to get underway on February 8. The IOA, however, is said to be looking to resolve the matter as they reschedule Jagdish's travel plans.

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