Sajjad Husaini, 28, and Sayed Alishah Farhang, 29, will represent Afghanistan in the 2022 Olympic Winter Games to be held in China, Afghanistan’s National Olympic Committee announced on Sunday.
The announcement follows the signing of an agreement of the National Olympic Committee and Ski Federation to sponsor training for both athletes, and for both Husaini and Farhang to receive financial support.
Husaini and Farhang were the first Afghans to tryout for the winter Olympics—in 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.
Both have won several championships in Afghanistan’s national competition, and the pair have been training as slalom skiers in Switzerland for three winters, Reuters said.
Having won the bid in July 2015, China will host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Beijing is set to become the first city in the world to have hosted both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games.