ISLAMABAD - Pakistan skiers Muhammad Karim and Syed Haman will represent the country in the Winter Olympics 2018 to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Ski Federation spokesman Obaidur Rehman Abbasi said saturday both skiers hailing from Naltar valley of Gilgit/Baltistan have qualified for winter Olympics to be held in March, where more than 40 countries are participating in various competitions.

Olympian Karim has already represented Pakistan in Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and will participate in slalom and giant slalom categories Whereas Haman will show his muscles in cross country. It is the first time when two Pakistanis have qualified for the Winter Olympics. Mohammad Abbas was the first Pakistani to represent the country in slalom category in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010 whereas Karim participated in same category in Sochi, Russia.

However both players could get only one slot in the Olympics and that was in slalom category but this time Karim is lucky enough to qualify for two categories, Slalom and Giant Slalom. Haman is nephew of Olympians Karim and Abbas.

Coaches Group captain (R) Zahid Hussain and Air Commodore (R) Sohail are very confident about the performance of the boys and told this scribe that it is a great achievement of Pakistan to send two athletes in three categories first time in the history of Winter Games: "Ski Federation is trying very hard to promote winter games in the country and hopefully we will soon be listed in the list of top three winter game countries" they added.