Kashmiri skiers make it to Asia Winter International Sports Games

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Srinagar: Alpine skiers, Malaika, Syedah Azha, Shaib Malik, Mir Ahmad and lone Snowboarder, Tajamal Farooq are selected by Indian Olympic Association to represent the country in First Children of Asia Winter International Sports Games, to be held in Sakhalin – Russia from February 8th to 17th.
The team will take part in Slalom and Giant slalom events, while the snowboarder would compete in all events of Hard and Soft Boards.
Another alpine ski racer Arif Mohammad Khan is selected to represent the country in the World Ski Championship to be held at Are in Sweden in first week of February.
Arif is presently a top ranking skier of the country who has participated in scores of international ski championships.
He will be accompanied by Shabir Ahmad Wani as Coach/Leader.
President, WGAJK, Mohammad Abbas Wani has expressed his delight for the selection of our 6 athletes 2 coaches. He further said that it is a proud moment for the state that such a largest contingent of winter sports athletes are taking part in two different major international sporting events this year.
Winter Games Association of J&K expressed its gratitude to Indian Olympic Association for selecting five junior winter sports athletes of J&K for their tourney to Russia and another skier to Sweden.
The Association has requested the Sports Council to facilitate them so that they could take part in the said prestigious championship.