Apr 9, 2013, 3:59 PM EST
Despite a winter climate with averages slightly warmer than Phoenix, Pakistan announced Tuesday that is qualified for only its second ever Winter Olympics by earning enough FIS points at various Alpine Skiing events worldwide.
Mohammad Abbas, who finished 79th in the 2010 men’s giant slalom event while participating as his nation’s first Winter Olympian, tallied enough combined points with countrymen Mir Nawaz and Mohammad Karim during events last month in Italy, Turkey, and Lebanon for the nation to qualify.
Now those three will face-off against one another for the right to represent their country in Sochi.
“It is a big boost for the sport,” Ski Federation of Pakistan official Iftikhar Bajwa told Aljazeera. “We will select the best skier amongst the three once all of them complete their five races by January 2014.”
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