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Mongolia NOC President Demchigjav Zagdsuren at the Athletes’ Village on Monday.
Mongolia NOC aims for three sports at Beijing 2022

12 Feb 2018
PyeongChang, Korea, February 12, 2018: When Mongolians celebrate the New Year later this week, spare a thought for the country’s two athletes here at the Winter Olympics. They will be slogging it out around the gruelling cross-country course in PyeongChang’s shivering mountain cluster, with Chinbat Otgontsetseg first to go in the women’s 10km freestyle on Thursday and Batmunkh Achbadrakh up the next day in the men’s 15km race.

Chinbat, 26, will be competing in her second Winter Olympics – and has become a mother since Sochi 2014 – while Batmunkh, 23, has already had his moment in the PyeongChang spotlight by carrying the flag at the opening ceremony last Friday. Both of them have been training in Europe thanks to Athlete Scholarship funding from the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity.

Mongolia is represented only in cross-country skiing at these Winter Games, but the NOC President, Demchigjav Zagdsuren, is hoping all that will change in time for the next Winter Olympics, in Beijing in 2022.

Thanks to strong relations between Mongolia and China, the Mongolians are planning to tap in to the technical expertise and methodical training - not to mention the superior winter sports infrastructure - of the Chinese over the next four years.

“We renewed our cooperation agreement with the Chinese Olympic Committee in 2016 when the COC President at the time, Mr Liu Peng, visited Mongolia,” said Dr Zagdsuren. “We are still negotiating a detailed plan with China but it will involve joint training camps for our athletes and also our coaches as well as other exchanges.

“Our aim is that we can qualify athletes in three sports – short track speed skating, biathlon and cross-country skiing – for the Winter Olympics in 2022.” The Mongolian NOC President admits that the target for the two cross-country skiers here are to record personal bests and national records in their respective disciplines.

He is also taking the opportunity to discuss further cooperation and exchange with a number of other NOCs, including Japan, Korea and Czech Republic as well as China, and representatives of Winter Sport International Federations.

The results of the Mongolian cross-country skiers, along with all results of Asian NOCs here in PyeongChang, will be compiled and analysed by Dr Zagdsuren in his capacity as Chairman of the OCA Information and Statistics Committee. His earlier reports, notably from Rio 2016, have provided invaluable data for the OCA and NOCs, and he plans to present the findings from PyeongChang 2018 at the OCA General Assembly in Jakarta this August.
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