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Indian Everest sumiteer carries Olympic Torch
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Jun 11, 2004 11: 44 EST
Finally the respect they deserve:

Indian Everest climber Santosh Yadav carries the Olympic Flame in front of the 16th century Tomb of Humayun in New Delhi yesterday. After Australia, Japan, Korea and China, the flame is being carried through India as part of a worldwide tour that will end with the lighting ceremony at the main Athens Olympic stadium on August 13. - AP

Last week Satyabrata Dam of the Indin Navy team that summited Everest this spring lamented that there was very little attention given to his team's ascent of Everest."Of the 14-member team, nine climbers attempted the summit and five succeeded, the first three reaching the top May 18 and the remaining two, including Dam, May 19. But the feat means nothing to Indians. The national obsession with sports like cricket and football is costing the country dear in other areas."

The Indian Navy team kicked off their expedition in early March off the coast of Goa in a Russian EKM submarine, 250 ft below the surface, with the defense minister of India in attendance to flag the team. Commander Satyabrata Dam was leading the 14-member expedition on Everest’s North side.

Image of Santosh Yadav, Indian lady climber, the first woman who ascended Everest twice (1992 and 1993) courtesy of AP.
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