SRINAGAR: In order to make preliminary preparations for winter sports an executive committee meeting of Winter Games Association of Jammu and Kashmir (WGAJK) was held here in Srinagar on Monday. The meeting was presided over by its president and MLA Gulmarg Mohammad Abass Wani, an official press note read.
Among others, Director Tourism Mahmood Ahmad Shah, district representatives, other office bearers of the association and a special invitee Javed Trali were present in the meeting.
According to the press note, the main agenda of the meeting was to conduct ski camps and competitions from district levels to national level in different snow sports and to make the forthcoming winter season a ‘grand success’.
Speaking on the occasion, Abass Wani stressed on the need of homologating the ski slopes at Kongdori and getting them certified from International Ski Federation for holding major events here.
A International Ski Federation (FIS) survey report was submitted to Mahmood Shah for his further action.
Abass also informed that the Tourism Department was facilitating the association by providing some accommodation for use by local athletes.
During the meeting, the tourism department was appreciated for procuring competition equipment for local youth without which they were not permitted to take part in any national or international championships, the press note added.
Abbas said Gulmarg is one the best ski destinations in the word which attracts skiers from across the globe.
“The championships in winter games especially in ski and snowboarding boosts tourism sector. Adventure lovers from many parts of the world visit Gulmarg for skiing and snowboarding. We should try to hold maximum events of national and international level at Gulmarg,” said MLA Gulmarg.
The president WGAJK also informed that purchase of ski equipment and allocation of sufficient funds stand submitted to the State Sports Council that has also assured its full support and cooperation.
Addressing the meeting, director tourism said that holding of winter sporting events would add to the efforts of tourism department to make winter tourism a success.
He agreed to provide all sort of logistic and financial support to the association to make its endeavour a success.
General Secretary, Muhammad Yusuf informed that the association would host a mega All India Open Championship for different categories in which all snow sports disciplines like Alpine ski, Nordic ski and snowboarding would be included.
During the meeting, homologation and certification of the ski slopes at Gulmarg was also discussed, the press note added.
Source : Kashmir Reader