South Kashmir Ski Championship concludes at Pahalgam

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SRINAGAR: The first South Kashmir Ski Championship concluded at Pahalgam Tuesday.
The championship was organised by Winter Games Association of J&K in collaboration with Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and WS under the auspices of J&K State Sports Council.
In the event, 50 athletes representing Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts took part. DFO Lidder range Dr. Mehraj Ud Din was chief guest on the concluding function. The first three position winners were awarded medals and all other participants were given participation certificates. The competitions were held in four categories.
In senior men category, Sarjan Ahmad Wani of Anantnag, Khursheed Ahmad Wani of Anantnag and Javaid Ahmad Wani of Shopian bagged first three positions respectively while as in senior women category, there was only one participant Shazia who was awarded consolation prize.
In junior category, Rayees Ahmad Shah, Rouf Ahmad Sheikh and Yawar Ahmad Ganai bagged first three positions respectively while as in sub-junior category Faizan Nabi Thokur of Pulwama, Ubaid Ahmad Wani and Afaan Hussain Malik bagged first, second and third positions respectively. All these medalists have qualified for the State Championship scheduled to be at Gulmarg on March 21.
Speaking on the occasion, President WGAJK Mohammad Abass Wani thanked JIM&WS for supporting the championship actively. He also thanked Forest Deptt, Lidder Division, Cable Car Corporation, District Anantnag WGA, Ski Teachers Association of Gulmarg for extending their support to make the endeavor a grand success.
General Secretary WGAJK said that it was a cherished desire to introduce ski championships in neglected southern districts of Kashmir. He said that the Association is holding another championship for northern districts and Srinagar on March 21 at Gulmarg followed by 3rd State Winter Games. The Association is also planning to host Junior National Ski and Snowboarding Championship in first week of April.

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