SRINAGAR: Nadeem Iqbal has become the first Indian army soldier from Jammu and Kashmir to qualify for the Winter Olympics being held at Sochi, Russia, a statement issued by the Indian army said.
The statement said that Iqbal is a solitary representation from three services to represent India in Winter Olympics.
The 30 years old Army Skier joined the Army Ski Team being trained under the aegis of High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg in September 2004.
He has been a National Champion from year 2009 to year 2013 as well as secured the first position in the 1st South Asian Winter Games, Auli (Uttrakhand) in 2011. He also participated in the VIIth Asian Winter Games, Almaty (Kazakhistan) in the same year. The individual participated in Federation of International Ski (FIS) Races-2013 at Shemshak, Iran in FIS Nordic World Skiing Championship held in Italy in 2013.
To qualify for the Winter Olympics, Havildar Nadeem Iqbal participated in various events organized by FIS under most challenging conditions and very strict selection norms. To earn the mandatory qualifying points for the Winter Olympics, the individual participated in FIS races organized by Federation of International Ski in Italy and France in Nov-Dec 2013. The competition in these events was of a very high standard which required extreme talent and hard work.