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Shiva Keshavan born in a small Himalayan village in the state of Himachal Pradesh is an Olympic luge athlete. Luge is the fastest sliding sport of the Winter Olympics in which the luger steers the sled down slopes at speeds in excess of 140 kmph. Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) supports Shiva's quest to become the first Indian athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. He has represented India at 4 Winter Olympics also having the distinction of being the youngest Olympian in Luge having participated in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics aged just 16. The luge sled can cost between 3-5 lakhs excluding additional costs of customization. Customizing the sled to the luger's requirements is paramount as the difference between winning and losing in Luge could be as small as 1/100th of a second. Luge is a precision sport and the costs of buying and maintaining high quality equipment is not an easy task. OGQ has supported Shiva in his training in various European countries throughout the year. The costs of travel, accommodation and taking part in tournaments are also expensive. In its capacity as a staunch supporter of potential Olympic medal winners, OGQ is aiming to raise 10 lakhs through this campaign to send Shiva Keshavan to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia 2014. Shiva being the fastest luger in Asia and winner of consecutive Gold medals at the 2011 and 2012 Asian Championships has a chance of creating history and bringing India glory at the Winter Olympics. The sport is still in its infancy in India and therefore it is no mean feat to participate at 4 consecutive Winter Olympics with minimal support. Shiva is attempting to win a medal at his 5th Olympic Games and your contribution will immensely help in this uniquely inspirational cause.
Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) was founded by Indian sporting legends Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone. OGQ is a program of the Foundation for Promotion of Sports and Games, a Not for Profit (Section 25) Company, which is committed to bridging the gap between the best athletes in India and the best athletes in the world thus helping Indian athletes to win Olympic Gold medals. OGQ aims to create a level playing field for our athletes to enable them to be competitive at the highest level of sport.
Olympic Gold Quest supports 50 athletes across 7 individual Olympic Sports viz. Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Shooting, Wrestling and Luge. We provide them the support through: 1. Expert foreign coaches 2. World class equipment and kit 3. Sending them abroad for training and competition 4. Medical support through physios, nutritionists, mental trainer, nutritionist and doctors 5. Training facilities in India and abroad
Indian athletes training for the Olympics. We are training 35 athletes for Rio 2016 and 1 athlete for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. We are also training 15 junior athletes in the age group of 11-19 years for the 2020 and 2024 Olympics.
Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) was founded in 2001 by Indian sporting legends Geet Sethi (8 time World Billiards Champion) and Prakash Padukone (All England Badminton Champion). In 2009, Viren Rasquinha ( Olympian, Arjuna Awardee and Former Captain of the Indian Hockey Team), joined OGQ as the Chief Executive Officer. Gagan Narang was the first athlete that OGQ started supporting in 2007. OGQ signed Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal in 2009 and Vijay Kumar in 2010. At the London Olympics 4 out of the 6 medalists were supported by OGQ
To support Indian athletes in winning Olympic Gold medals.
To scout for potential medal talent, to help identify areas of support, to work with all stakeholders to aid deserving talent.
1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals won at London 2012 Olympics by athletes supported by OGQ.
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