Shiva Keshavan has been appointed to key roles at the Luge Federation of India ©Getty Images

Shiva Keshavan, India's first representative in luge at the Winter Olympic Games, has been appointed high performance director and head coach of the Luge Federation of India (LFI).

The six-time Olympian, who retired after competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, was informed of the decision to appoint him to the two roles in a letter sent by LFI President Deepa Mehta.

Mehta said Keshavan, whose remit will also include talent scouting and infrastructure planning, was the right candidate for the positions given his achievements in the sport.

"The federation considered your performance and achievements and noted with appreciation that you have represented India for 22 years and have participated in six Olympic Games," Mehta wrote, according to the Hindustan Times.

Keshavan, 38, retired after competing at Pyeongchang 2018 ©Getty Images
Keshavan, 38, retired after competing at Pyeongchang 2018 ©Getty Images

"You have also won 10 medals for India at the international level and hold a number of world and Asian records.

"The federation has also decided to entrust you the most important assignment of talent scouting, infrastructure planning, training needs of the athletes etc, with a view to taking luge sport to the highest level of development aiming at high performance by Indian athletes at international level competitions."

Keshavan won four Asian titles during his career in the sport.

The 38-year-old participated at every Winter Olympics from Nagano 1998 to Pyeongchang 2018, where he finished 34th out of 40 lugers.

Keshavan regularly crowdfunded during his career owing to a lack of financial backing.