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Arif Khan-led Indian team leaves for Winter Olympics

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Skier Arif Khan, the only athlete to represent India at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, set out for the Games in the Chinese capital along with Chef De Mission Harjinder Singh and support staff.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra wished the contingent well ahead of their departure for the Games on Monday.

Arif, who will take part in two events, is aiming for a modest top 30 finish in the showpiece that begins on Friday.

The Indian team will return on February 19, Batra said.

Hailing from Gulmarg of Jammu and Kashmir, Arif will participate in the Slalom and Giant Slalom events in Beijing. His events are scheduled for February 13 and 16.

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Arif, 31, had previously competed at the 2017 Asian Winter Games held in Sapporo.

The IOA had appointed the General Secretary of the Indian Ice Hockey Association, Harjinder, as Chief of Mission of the country’s contingent for the Winter Olympics last December.

The skier, who was recently included in the Target Olympics Podium Scheme (TOPS), also said that his performance has improved and that his training in Santa Catarina “was useful.”

Regarding the expectations of the Games, he recently said: “I have been training seriously for a couple of years and my expectation is to be among the top 30 in the world. Being in the top 30 is like winning medals in the world. ”

 

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

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