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Need better skiing infrastructure in country: Medallist Aanchal Thakur

ANI  |  Manali (Himachal Pradesh) [India] 

Having etched her name in history books by winning the first-ever medal for in a competition, Thakur on Saturday said the country needed better infrastructure in to win in international competitions.

"The resort in Manali is not as equipped as it should be. I want the to support us to help raise the infrastructure to international standards,' she said after receiving a rousing welcome at the

Attributing her victory to her parents, Thakur said she has worked extremely hard since childhood and was very happy to win the first-ever medal for

She also encouraged the youth to pursue as a profession.

"The youth should follow their heart and live up to their passion," she added.

Earlier today, a large contingent of officials and mediapersons was present at the airport to receive the young who made the country proud by clinching the bronze medal in the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup at the at Erzurum in

The event was organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS), the skiing's international governing body.

The 21-year-old Manali-born girl sealed the medal in the slalom race category.

had taken to his official account to laud Thakur for her "historic accomplishment".

Meanwhile, the had announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for Thakur.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 23:45 IST