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With Oly qualification on line, skier seeks government help

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Racing against time to qualify for next month's Winter Olympics, is stranded at the airport and is awaiting Iranian visa clearance for a qualifying event in Darbandsar.

Himanshu, who finished 72nd in the giant slalom at the Sochi four years ago, needs a score of 140 points or below in five races to qualify for in Pyeongchang from February 9 to 29.

The 24-year-old has got the required score in four races but needs to record 140 or less in one more race before the January 21 cut-off date.

If doesn't make the Darbandsar Ski Resort in for the two-day event starting tomorrow, his chances of making the cut for are as good as over.

His sister Aanchal, who won India's first international medal in skiing earlier this week, today to took to social media seeking help for her brother.

She has written to Sushma Swaraj, who is known for her prompt help.

"My brother has tomorrow last chance to qualify for 2018. I kindly request @narendramodi, @SushmaSwaraj, minister @Ra_THORe, @jairamthakurbjp to help him in granting arrival visa in Tehran,Iran," she posted on tagging the Prime Minister, Swaraj, Minister and

According to Roshan Thakur, father of Himanshu and Aanchal, his son is staying put at airport with in hope that gets the necessary visa clearance to board the flight to

"They have got the visa approval but it is not stamped on their passports. Therefore, they were not allowed to board the flight to after they reached from Iceland," said.

"We are keeping our fingers crossed," said Roshan, who also happens to be the of Federation of

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 20:05 IST