Srinagar : The District Srinagar SnowShoe Association on Wednesday held its first ever District Srinagar SnowShoe Championship 2020 at Mamneth Meadow, Dhara, Srinagar.
The championship was held by Association under the auspices of J&K SnowShoe Association with the aim to open the avenues of holding Winter Sports in Srinagar District. In the event invited top level young athletes of the District Srinagar participated.
Rafiq Ahmad of Kashmir Harvard finished first while as Mudasir Ahmad Bhat finished second. Hidayat ur Rasheed of Kashmir Harvard bagged third position. After the event, prize distribution function was held at Nehru Park Srinagar in which Director Industries Kashmir and well known adventurer Mahmood Ahmad Shah was chief guest. Amoung others present were International Water sports coach Mir Bilquis, SnowShoe Federation of India official Mushtaq Bashir and organising secretary of the event Muzamil Hussain.
Terming the event as good initiative, Mahmood Shah who has explored the area a lot during his trekking expeditions said that there is possibility of holding number of winter sports activities in Srinagar. “SnowShoe is activity that doesn’t need any infrastructure and can be held even in city centre when there is snow. If there is no snow in city centre we have areas around Dhara, leading to Mahadev peak where it can held till March and April. Apart from that we can hold ski expeditions in the Mahadev region and even SnowShoe hiking expeditions, ” He said.
“I congratulate the participants for taking part in such an event which required lot of endurance and fitness level, ” He said. SnowShoe Federation of India official Mushtaq Bashir said he is happy that such an event was held in Srinagar.
“Normally winter sports is associated with Gulmarg in Kashmir. But SnowShoe running can be held in any part of the World which recive snowfall. I am happy to see J&K SnowShoe Association doing what no one had thought before. It will open up avenues of holding more such events, “He said.