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Beijing 2022: Arif Khan becomes first Indian to qualify for two Winter Olympics events

The 31-year-old Khan on Wednesday secured a 2022 Winter Olympics quota spot in the men's giant slalom event. Last month, he earned a quota in the slalom event at a meet in Dubai.

India TV Sports Desk Edited by: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi Published on: December 31, 2021 18:13 IST
File Photo of Arif Mohd. Khan.
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Arif Mohd Khan of India competes in the 1st run of the FIS World Ski Championships Men's Giant Slalom. (File Photo)

The Alpine skier Arif Mohammed is now the first athlete from India to qualify for two different events of the Winter Olympics, which will take place in Beijing from February 4-20, next year.

The 31-year-old Khan on Wednesday secured a 2022 Winter Olympics quota spot in the men's giant slalom event. Last month, he earned a quota in the slalom event at a meet in Dubai.

Arif, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, secured his giant slalom cut during the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) meet held at Kolasin, Montenegro.

While Arif remains the only Indian to have made the cut for the 2022 Winter Games so far, his compatriot Aanchal Thakur, who recently won a bronze in the women's giant slalom, remains in the hunt for qualification, an olympics.com report said.

To compete in giant slalom or slalom events at the 2022 Winter Games, the average of five best results in the event from July 1, 2019, to January 16, 2022, is considered.

For alpine skiers who have competed in less than five events during this period, an extra 20 per cent of the average points are added to the International Ski Federation (FIS) points list.

India had two representatives at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea as Jagdish Singh competed in the 15km freestyle event of cross-country skiing while Shiva Keshavan took part in luge.

The men's giant slalom event will be held on February 13 while slalom will be held on February 16.

Notably, Slalom is an event that involves skiing between sets of poles spaced at a distance from each other. The distance is greater in giant slalom than in slalom.

(Inputs from IANS)