Indian alpine skier Mohammad Arif Khan was included within the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) core group, till subsequent month’s Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Winter Olympics certain Mohammad Arif Khan included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme (India Today Photo/Ashraf Wani)The Sports Ministry’s Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) has authorized the inclusion of Alpine Skiing athlete Mohammad Arif Khan within the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Core group, till the Winter Olympics, scheduled to be held in Beijing, China subsequent month.
Khan will participate within the Slalom and Giant Slalom occasions of the Winter Olympics. He has additionally been authorized an quantity of Rs 17.46 Lakh beneath TOPS in the direction of coaching in Europe and procurement of apparatus, forward of the grand occasion in China. Khan is presently coaching in Austria, the place he’s accompanied by his coach and Physio.The MOC authorized the 35-day European coaching camp for Arif, which commenced after his qualification for the Winter Olympics. He bought the slot within the large slalom throughout a contest in Montenegro in December final 12 months.A month earlier, he earned a slot within the Slalom occasion as effectively. With this feat, Khan achieved the distinctive distinction of turning into the primary Indian to win direct quota spots in two totally different Winter Olympics occasions, moreover being the primary athlete from the nation to seal a berth on the Winter Olympic video games 2022.The Gulmarg J&Okay-based athlete received two gold medals, within the Slalom and Giant Slalom occasions, on the South Asian Winter Games, held in Uttarakhand in 2011. Moreover, Arif Khan had earlier participated in each the editions of the Khelo India Winter Games held in Gulmarg J&Okay.Pertinently, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha earlier sanctioned Rupees Ten Lakhs in favour of Arif Khan to endure superior coaching. Jammu-based golfer Subhankar Sharma has been included within the TOPS Development Group.Click right here for IndiaToday.in’s full protection of the coronavirus pandemic.