Indian luger on competing in Sochi without his flag


You can either listen to Jian's interview with Shiva Keshavan (introduced by Gill Deacon) by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch it in the window embedded below.

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From the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Jian speaks with Shiva Keshavan -- an athlete from India forced to compete under the International Olympic Committee banner while the Indian Olympic Association was suspended for corruption.

The luger explains how he's overcome the odds to train and qualify for five separate Olympics, what it feels like to compete as an independent, and how difficult it is to become a world class athlete without the infrastructure and funding available in other countries.

A golden future for an emerging country

Although Keshavan wishes he could have competed under the Indian flag this year, he isn't angry at the IOC for their decision to ban his country. In this situation, and in general, he feels his nation can do better.

"We have one individual gold medal in the history of our country. I think that itself is quite shameful. And I think the very fact that we are trying to comply with the minimum ethical standards of the world is also not acceptable to me," he says.

"We should be thinking about leading. We're a country that wants to show our place in the world, so we need to lead from the front."

UPDATE: Since the taping of this interview, the IOC has lifted its ban on the IOA. Although it's too late for Keshavan to compete under his country's name in Sochi, he will get to see his flag fly on Russian soil.

05807738-shiva-620.JPG Shiva Keshavan is seen competing under the Olympics flag during the men's singles luge final at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. (Dita Alangkara/AP)

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