Winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing is no-show for India. Indian Contingent is represent by a 31 years old, Skier Arif Khan from Jammu Kashmir and 3 more at opening ceremony. In the opening ceremony Arif Khan, Skier along with 3 strong support staffs holding and furling National Tricolor with the vigour seen.
Arif Khan will be the lone Indian competitor at the Games, having qualified in Slalom and Giant Slalom events. India sent a six-member contingent to the Games including a coach, a technician and a team manager.
Arif is the first Indian to secure qualification in two events of the same edition of the Games and his competitions are slated for February 13 and 16.
India was the 23rd contingent to walk in during the grand ceremony at the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium as China welcomed athletes from 84 countries amid a diplomatic boycott by powerful nations such as the USA and Britain over its alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang region.
India announced a diplomatic boycott of the Games after China fielded Qi Fabao, the regimental commander of the People’s Liberation Army, who was injured during the 2020 military face-off with Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, as a torchbearer for the event’s Torch Relay.
India Said China’s Move Regrettable in its whole picture, and China has chosen to politicise the Winter Olympics 2022 which is a multinational event happening at global level.
Arif Khan was born in Baramulla, he took skiing very early and toiled very hard to be the top notch player in segment.
He later went on to win two gold medals in the Slalom and Giant Slalom events of the South Asian Winter Games in 2011.
He has also participated in both the editions of the Khelo India Winter Games held in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir.
Arif’s inspiration was his father Yasin Khan, who owns a ski equipment shop in Gulmarg, a popular tourist destination in Jammu and Kashmir.
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