Alishah Farhang is one of the few athletes in winter sports in Afghanistan, and a central figure in the nascent tourism industry in Afghanistan. Originally from Bamyan province, he began skiing in 2010, after an Aga Khan Foundation programme encouraged locals to take up the sport. He is a member of the Bamiyan Ski Club, which operates during the winter season every year, teaching local boys and, since 2013, girls to ski.
Coming from a small village in Afghanistan, he never dared dreaming about joining the Winter Olympics. But he was given the chance to train in St. Moritz during three consecutive seasons, and was invited to the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea in February 2018. Today, he is a leading guide in Bamiyan, and his aspiration is to keep developing both the sport and the tourism sector, to contribute to a better future for Afghanistan.