Mongolian athlete B.Ganbold will compete in the World Para-Nordic Skiing Championships 2017, which will be held from February 10 to 19 in Finsterau, Germany. Athlete B.Ganbold, his coach J.Dashdondog and the Mongolian Paralympic Committee held a press conference on February 7 and talked about the upcoming tournament.
B.Ganbold will participate in the World Para-Nordic Skiing Championships in order to qualify for thePyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympics. To qualify for the 2018 Paralympics, he has to collect 180 points, and currently, he has 110 points.
His coach J.Dashdondog said, “We competed in the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics for the first time. Since that time we wanted to compete in the international tournaments such as world and Asian championships, and we did. The Mongolian Paralympic Committee, Physical Culture and Sports Authority and sponsor organizations helped us a lot. B.Ganbold did preparation for the World Para-Nordic Skiing Championships with national skiing team. I hope we will achieve and qualify for the 2018 Winter Paralympics.”
Para-skier B.Ganbold said, “I do my training with the national skiing team. My skills and techniques are improving year by year. First I raced with the national skiing team’s athletes and lost. Now I can come closer to them. I will compete in three categories of distance at the World Para-Nordic Skiing Championships. I’ve prepared well I think.”
B.Ganbold is the only para-skier of Mongolia who is preparing for his second Winter Paralympics. He won Mongolia’s first silver medal in para-skiing history from an international tournament he took place in during the USA in 2013.He lost his arm due to injury when he was 15 years old.