The first of its kind all junior snowshoe championship was conducted by Snowshoe Federation of India (SSFI) at ski resort of Gulmarg on Sunday.
In the championship that was supported by J&K Tourismand was sponsored by Mushtaq Group of Hotels and J&K Cable Car Corporationmore than 50 participants from Burn Hall, Kashmir Harvard, Green Valley andSprings Buds Ompora participated. It was first time that an all junior event inSnowShoe sport was held in J&K.
The aim of the event was to introduce the snowshoe sport andactivity among the school going students so that they can take it as theirsports discipline in future, said organizing secretary of the event.
The competitions were held in two categories of boys andwere held in Gulmarg bowl in front of large number of local and outsidetourists.
The event was flagged off jointly by Assistant DirectorTourism Gulmarg Nasir Ahmad and Sports Promoter Arif Laigaroo in presence ofInternational cyclist Akber Khan and Internal SnowShoe athlete Gulzar Khan.
In the junior 400-metre sprint category, Athar of KashmirHarvard emerged as winner while as Arsalan of Springs Buds School Ompora baggedsecond place and Arsalan of Kashmir Harvard finished third.
In the 800-metre category, Basharat of Burn Hall emerged aswinner while as Aadil of Spring Buds and Aasim of Burn Hall bagged second andthird positions respectively.
Later the prize distribution ceremony was held in whichAssistant Director Tourism Gulmarg Nasir Ahmad and Sports Promoter ArifLaigaroo were present alongwith with other dignitaries. They distributed theprizes among the winners and also distributed certificates among the students.
Speaking on the occasion Arif Laigaroo said that main aim ofthe event was to highlight snowshoe sports and activity among the youngstudents of State.