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India’s Arif Khan competes at 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China

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Mohammad Arif Khan, 31, is the sole representative of India at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Hosted by Beijing, China, the international winter multisport event will be held from February 4-20, 2022.

Hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, India, Khan is the son of Yasin Khan, who owns a ski equipment shop in Gulmarg, Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir. In November 2021, Arif became the first athlete from his home country to earn a quota place for the 2022 Winter Olympics in the slalom event in alpine skiing.

In December 2021, Arif won a quota place in giant slalom at a meet in Montenegro. This made him the first athlete from India to win direct quota spots in two different Winter Olympics events.

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Skiing since 1994, Arif started skiing competitively in 1990 and won a gold medal in the slalom in his first appearance at the national championship in 2002. He finished 23rd in the giant slalom when he made his international debut for India at a junior event of the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) in Yomase, Japan in 2006.

Arif won one gold medal each in the slalom and giant slalom at the 2011 South Asian Winter Games and finished 59th in the slalom and 91st in the giant slalom at the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships. He finished 45th in the giant slalom at the 2021 edition of the world championships in Italy.

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In July 2015, Beijing was elected as the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This marks the first time the Winter Olympics is held in China.

Including Arif, a total of 2,871 athletes from 91 countries and territories will compete in 109 events in seven sports. The events will be held not only in Beijing but also in other parts of China including Yanqing and Chongli.

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