Five-member contingent to leave for South Korea on Feb 7 for Winter Games

ISLAMABAD: A five-member Pakistan contingent, comprising two skiers and three officials will leave for PyeongChang, South Korea on February 7 to feature in Winter Olympics 2018, taking place there from February 9 to 25, Obaid-ur-Rehman Abbasi, the spokesman of Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP) said on Tuesday.

The contingent include two skiers Mohammad Karim and three officials – Secretary General SFP Air Commodore Shahid Nadeem, Air Commodore ® Muhammad Sohail (giant and slalom categories’ coach), Col ( R) Mohammad Wali (cross country coach).

“Both the skiers belong to the Naltar valley of Gilgit-Baltistan. Olympian Karim, who also represented the country in the Sochi Winter Games 2014, will vie in the slalom and giant slalom categories, while the 26-year-old Haman will chip in the cross country category”, Abbasi said.

He said that it was the first time when two Pakistani skiers had qualified for the event.

Mohammad Abbas was the first skier, who got the honour to represent Pakistan in the coveted event in slalom category in the Vancouver Winter Games. Then it was Karim, who featured in the Sochi Games in 2014.

“I’m really delighted to represent Pakistan once again in the event,” Karim said adding that he had been getting vigorous training from top coaches both inside and outside the country with great support from Pakistan Air Force and SFP. “I’m very confident to do well at these Games,” he said.

Haman, who is also Karim’s nephew, has been representing Pakistan Army since 2009. With the help of PAF and SFP, he underwent extensive training and coaching sessions in Turkey and the Czech Republic. He also sounded optimistic to perform well at the Games. “I’m fit and in good form to meet my opponents in South Korea,” he said.