Khelo India Winter Games continued in Gulmarg on Sunday with SnowShoe run flagged off amidst continued snowfall and low visibility.
Among the major events held on Sunday in the games was long distance SnowShoe run for senior and junior men’s category. Due to hostile weather conditions the distance for the men’s senior category was reduced from 8 to 5 kilometers while as for junior from 5 to 3-kilometeres. In the run 16 top athletes from all over J&K and four athletes from Uttarakhand participated.
The run was flagged off by Secretary Sports Council Dr Naseem Javaid Chowdhary in presence of CEO Gulmarg Development Authority, Assistant Director Tourism Nasir Mehmood, President J&K SnowShoe Association Tariq Ahmad Zargar, Olympians Gul Mustafa, Nadeem and number of other seniors players and officials.
In senior category, Suhail Nisar cruised to victory with the timing of 34.08. He defeated World bronze medalist Muzamil Hussain Mir by eight second difference. Umer Farooq finished third with the timing of 35.19 seconds.
In junior category, it was World junior silver medalist Ayaan Bin Shahnaz who cruised to win with the timing of 24.23 while as Maqsood Sofi finished second with the timing of 24.40. Haadi finished third with the timing of 24.50. All the podium positions in the SnowShoe event were grabbed by J&K players.
In the following days of Winter Games , athletes from Lakshadweep would be joining SnowShoe events in sprint categories.
Meanwhile, a seven-year old athlete Mohammad Amaar of Delhi Public School was youngest SnowShoe athlete during the SnowShoe run as he impressed everyone by finishing fourth in the junior category.
J&K dominate skiing events
After a late start J&K athletes dominated the Alpine skiing events in Children’s category that were held on the second day of Khelo India Winter Games 2020 at Gulmarg on Sunday.
In the Alpine Skiing, children’s C1 category, Syed Zain of J&K bagged first place while as Romainul Madina of J&K and Priyansh Kanwar of Uattarakhand bagged second and third places respectively. In C 1 Girls category, Mehak Kanwar of Uttarakhand bagged first place while as Aiza Noor of J&K and Naira Makhdoomi bagged second and third place respectively. In C2 Girls category, Jaza Ahmed of J&K bagged first position while as Rubab Ali Punjabi of J&K and Rida Altaf also of Punjab bagged second and third positions respectively.
In sledging race Mohammad Rafique Lone, Parvaiz Ahmad Lone and Abdul Rashid Lone bagged first three positions respectively. In Ski Cycle race , Naveed Ahmad Reshi bagged first position while as Shabir Ahmad Chak bagged second and Rizwan Ahmad Reshi bagged third.