Skier Arif Khan-Led Indian Team Leaves For 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Mohammad Arif Khan trains at his home town of Gulmarg before leaving for Beijing Winter Olympics on Tuesday | KO Photos By Abid Bhat

 New Delhi- Skier, Mohammad Arif Khan, the only athlete representing India at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, left for the Games in the Chinese capital along with Chef De Mission Harjinder Singh and support staff.

Hailing from Kashmir Valley's Gulmarg, Arif will take part in the Slalom and Giant Slalom events in Beijing. His events are scheduled to take place on February 13 and 16.

The Indian team will return on February 19.

The 31-year-old Arif had previously competed at the 2017 Asian Winter Games held in Sapporo.

The skier, who was included in the Target Olympics Podium Scheme (TOPS) recently, also said that his performances have improved and his training in Santa Catarina "was helpful".

As far as his expectations from the Games are concerned, he said recently, "I have been training over a couple of years seriously and my expectation is to be in world's top 30. To be in top 30 is like medal winners in the world."

Skiing since his childhood, Arif has previously participated in international championships extensively.

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