Srinagar: SnowShoe Federation of India (SSFI) in collaboration with Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir and TSL Outdoors, France organised first ever SnowShoe championship at Gulmarg on Sunday, a statement issued by the organisers said. “It was first time that SnowShoe championship was held in any part of the country the organizers, SSFI want to introduce this in other parts of the Country in coming time,”it added.
SnowShoe sport which is highly popular in Europe and American Countries while as it being introduced in India. On Sunday, ski resort of Gulmarg become first winter Sport destination of India to host this kind of activity.
The event was flagged off by Director Tourism, Kashmir, Mahmood Ahmad Shah along with SSFI President Mir Mudassar, WGFI President Col. Dhillon, Assistant Director Tourism Dr. Ilyas, Olympian Gul Mustafa, SSFI treasurer Mir Nazir, SSFI Tariq Zargar.
Ifshan of Narbal finished first while as Umer Hamid of Budgam finished second. Umer Farooq of Srinagar finished third while as Yaqoob finished fourth. Nisar finished fifth.
Later prize distribution ceremony was held in which Director Tourism Mahmood Ahmad Shah chief guest and distributed prizes among the winners.
Speaking on the occasion Shah said “Today Gulmarg has become first place in entire Country host any kind SnowShoe championship. It is small step towards a brighter future as this sport and activity has got immense potential.”
“Apart from competitive angle I believe SnowShoe activity can be promoted as a tourism promotional activity. In winter we have got place where snow is everywhere. However, like we see in Gulmarg everyone can’t do skiing but they can do this activity. We will procure snowshoe equipments for our ski shop in Gulmarg this Season and will also try to introduce them in Pahalgam and other winter destinations of State,” he said.