Holding such sporting events would help in reviving winter tourism: MLA Tangmarg
Srinagar : The 4 daylong National Nordic (Cross-Country) Ski Championship for senior men and women started at Gulmarg on Saturday.
Teams from host J&K, HP, Uttrakhand, Punjab, IIS&M, HAWS, Indian Army, ABVIMAS, ITBP, and Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Skiing are participating in the Championship.
The Winter Games Association of J&K has fielded 7 of its selected athletes who earlier had undergone for a rigorous camp.
Nearly 95 skiers including seven skiers of host State are participating in the Championship.
MLA Gulmarg and President Winter Games Association of J&K Mohammad Abbas Wani was the Chief Guest on the inaugural function. Among others, Col DhillonPrincipal IIS&M, Principal JIM, General Secretary WGAJK Muhammad Yusuf, Olympian NadeemMirza and Olympian Nanak Chand were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion Mohammad Abbas Wani who is also Chairman on organising committee said that by holding such sporting events of national importance would help in reviving winter tourism and also encourage a spirit of such ‘unpopular’ sports in the state.
He stressed the needed of holding as many Snow Sports Championships as possible to exploit the potential of winter tourism in the valley.
On the first day of competition Rameez Ahmad, ShubamPariharof Indian Army and JagdishLal of HAWS bagged first three positions respectively in 15 Kms men race, while in Women 1.2 kmsWomen Sprint Miss Babita of ITBP got first, Miss VikasRana of Haryana got 2nd and and Miss ParvatiKhampa got 3rd position.
On the second day J.6 kms Men Sprint JagdishSingh of HAWS, ShubamParihar and MohamadAslam of Indian Army got first three positions. In 10 Kms Women event Miss BVabita, Miss Parvati and Miss Janki of ITBP got first three positions. The Competitions are being conducted under the overall supervision of two Olympians, NadeemMirza and Nanak Chand.