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The skier from Rahovec will represent Kosovo in “2018 Winter Olympics”

Prishtina, 2 August 2017 – Besnik Sokoli from Rahoveci, living in Brooklyn, New York, is working hard every day to participate in the 13th Winter Olympic Games “2018 Winter Olympics”, which will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, otherwise known as PyeongChang 2018.

Sokoli started skiing when he was only 3 years old; although initially skiing was only a hobby and only 6 months ago he discovered his talent for the sport, wrote WSJ, reported Koha.net. Sokol started taking the sport seriously and due to his natural athletic abilities, he won the PyeongChang competition in South Korea in February.

Additionally, he finished close the first places in a range of competitions along the Eastern Coast during the winter, and is currently competing in international competition in South Africa, Chile and Argentine in order to gain points to qualify for the Olympics. Besnik Sokoli from Rahovec living in Brooklyn, New York, is working hard every day to participate in the 13th Winter Olympic Games “2018 Winter Olympics”, which will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, otherwise known as PyeongChang 2018.

Sokoli started skiing when he was only 3 years old; although initially skiing was only a hobby and only 6 months ago he discovered his talent for the sport, wrote WSJ, reported Koha.net Sokol started taking the sport seriously and due to his natural athletic abilities, he won the PyeongChang competition in South Korea in February.

Additionally, he finished close the first places in a range of competitions along the Eastern Coast during the winter, and is currently competing in international competition in South Africa, Chile and Argentine in order to gain points to qualify for the Olympics. In spring, Sokol discovered that he could qualify for the Olympics simply by entering the competition scored by the ISF (International Ski Federation). Competitors will start with 990 points and could reduce these points with their good performances. Sokol must reach to around 130 points by January, when he will be competing in South Korea.

He contacted the Kosovo Ski Federation, and the latter made him part of a small national team and granted him entrance in the Olympic qualifying competitions. If he makes it through, the federation promised Sokol a ski suit for competing, a helmet and a ski hat for the opening ceremony. “Unfortunately, we do not have many equipments that we could give to him” stated Selim Maloku, Secretary General of the Kosovo Ski Federation to “The Wall Street Journal”. “Our country is not doing well economically” he continued on to say. In April, Besnik Sokoli travelled to Norway to participate his first qualifying competition. Naturally, Sokol was remarkable in this competition as well. He started the race with 990 points in the Grand Slalom and ended up with 375.5 points. Also, last Friday he competed in the race in South Africa, whereby he was ranked 44 out of 56 participants, and reduced his FIS points in 258.74. “I am 100 percent convinced that I will make it to the Olympics” stated Sokoli. Besnik Sokoli is married, and a father of two boys and a girl.

Source:http://www.koha.net/sport/35323/skitari-nga-rahoveci-do-te-perfaqesoje-kosoven-ne-2018-winter-olympics/

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