GULMARG : The 6th National SnowShoe Championship concluded here today.
The championship that was organised by J&K SnowShoe Association in collaboration with Directorate of Tourism Kashmir and under the auspices of SnowShoe Federation of India concluded with conduct of sprint events and medal ceremony held at IISM Gulmarg.
Director Tourism Kashmir Dr GN Itoo was the chief guest on the occasion while as Director IISM Dr. Alok Kumar, CEO, Gulmarg Development Authority, Ghulam Jeelani Zargar, Dy Director, Tourism, Kashmir, Dr Ahsanul Haq Chishti, Assistant Director Tourism, Gulmarg, Dr Javid Ur Rehman, Assistant Director Tourism Kashmir Zeeshan Khan, President, Snowshoe Federation of India (SSFI) Mir Mudassir and its J&K head, Tariq Zargar were also present.
The championship witnessed participation of around 100 athletes representing 10 State teams, HAWS and ITBP teams.
Terming this as a great initiative in the adventure tourism of Kashmir, Dr GN Itoo congratulated all the teams and organisers.
“I am happy to see this event turning out as great success and for that I congratulate everyone associated with it from organisers to players and all the tourism staff that was associated with it,” Dr GN Itoo said.
“This is a new beginning and the future of this sport and activity is bright with a lot of potential,” he said.
He said the Tourism department is promoting adventure sports on a wide scale and this was part of that step.
Earlier SSFI President Mir Mudassir, said that with help from the Tourism Department this event has turned out as a great success.
“We are happy to see this event turning out as great success. We will try to conduct and host bigger events in coming years,” he said.
Assistant Director Tourism Zeeshan Khan termed the participants who have come from various parts of India for participation as ambassadors of Kashmir Tourism.
Meanwhile Uttarakhandh emerged as overall winners of the championship while Maharashtra second and J&K third.