Arif Khan leads the way for India at the opening ceremony


Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics: Alpine skier Mohammad Arif Khan held the Indian flag as he made his way through the Parade of Nations during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday here at the National Stadium also known as of Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Follow Insidesport.IN for more updates

Mohammad Arif Khan is India’s sole representative at Beijing 2022. India was the 23rd country in the Parade of Nations in Beijing. This year, for the first time in the history of the Winter Olympics, each nation had two flag bearers – one male and one female.

Winter Olympics opening ceremony: Alpine skier Mohammad Arif Khan leads the way for India in the opening ceremony

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Indian alpine skier Arif Khan, originally from Jammu and Kashmir, is the first-ever Indian athlete to qualify directly for two different events at the same edition of the Winter Games.

He will race the giant slalom on February 13 and the slalom on February 16.

Acclaimed Chinese filmmaker and three-time Oscar nominee Zhang Yimou, who also directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, directed the opening ceremony of Beijing 2022.

Winter Olympics opening ceremony: Alpine skier Mohammad Arif Khan leads the way for India in the opening ceremony

Winter Olympics opening ceremony: Alpine skier Mohammad Arif Khan leads the way for India in the opening ceremony

The lattice-shaped “Bird’s Nest” stadium took center stage, just as it did at the 2008 Games – considered China’s coming-out party on the world stage – as Beijing became the first city ​​to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

The opening ceremony took place in the presence of President Xi Jinping, under whose reign China adopted a more muscular attitude on the international scale than 14 years ago.

Winter Olympics opening ceremony: Alpine skier Mohammad Arif Khan leads the way for India in the opening ceremony

Xi, who will declare the Games officially open, will be joined by more than 20 world leaders, including his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the two presidents having met earlier in the day.

Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics: China and Russia have both seen their relations with Washington deteriorate significantly, and with tensions rising in Europe over the build-up of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border, Putin welcomed the “truly unprecedented nature” relationship with its hosts.

The United States, Britain, Canada and Australia are among countries staging a diplomatic boycott of the Games over China’s rights record, particularly the plight of the Uyghur Muslim minority in Xinjiang.

Winter Olympics opening ceremony: Alpine skier Mohammad Arif Khan leads the way for India in the opening ceremony

Winter Olympics opening ceremony: Alpine skier Mohammad Arif Khan leads the way for India in the opening ceremony

Their athletes will still compete in the Games, which run until February 20 and take place in a vast “closed loop” designed to thwart the virus.

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