India decided not to send its invited diplomatic personnel to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Beijing after a Chinese military officer, injured at the Galwan encounter with Indian troops, participated in the official Olympic torch relay. In June 2020, Indian and Chinese troops clashed in hand-to-hand combat at Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh, where the latter had entered beyond the traditionally accepted alignment of the Line of Actual Control. This had been the first military fatality in a violent clash at the India-China border in four decades. India's public broadcaster Doordarshan also announced it will not telecast the opening and closing ceremonies live. The only athlete competing this year is alpine skier Arif Khan. Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra also took to his social med ia to laud Arif Khan for representing India at the Winter Games.
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