State Winter Games at Gulmarg from Thursday

No equipment will be provided by the association during the event and is to be arranged by athletes themselves, Association statement said.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Mar 20 2018 12:08AM | Updated Date: Mar 20 2018 12:08AM
State Winter Games at Gulmarg from ThursdayFile Photo

Winter Games Association of J&K is holding State Winter Games under the auspices of J&K State Sports Council at ski resort of Gulmarg from Thursday.

The competitions will be held among all age groups in both male and female sections in alpine skiing, nordic skiing and snowboarding from Thursday.

The athletes have been asked to report at Gulmarg on Thursday, at 10 am with skis, snowboards and other required protective gear near Tourism Ski Hire Shop (85 Ski Slope).

No equipment will be provided by the association during the event and is to be arranged by athletes themselves, Association statement said.

On first day the preliminary rounds will be held and those who qualify will stay at Gulmarg for finals rounds, to be held on corresponding days, who will be provided boarding and lodging by the association. In snowboarding, competition will be held in senior and junior (born after 1997) male categories, while in alpine skiing there will be many age groups like senior, born in 1997-99; 2000-01; 2002-03 and 2004-05. Nordic competitions will be held in sprint, 5 kms, 10 kms and Mass Start for senior men and women. The registration of athletes will be made on the spot after paying registration fee of Rs.150.00. The participants shall bring age proof and one passport size photograph. Without age proof no one will be allowed to participate in junior categories. The Championship is open to all athletes of all districts of the state, statement further said.

President of the Association and MLA Gulmarg Mohammad Abbas Wani said that the association had to abandon the District championships due to lack of funds. The Championship could not be conducted early due to paucity of funds. He further said, that there is enough snow with conditions suitable for winter sports at Gulmarg. The Association tried its best to host the National Junior and Senior Championship but due to bleak financial position it could not happen on time.

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