National Sport Climbing meet for Visually Challenged begins

JAMMU: The 1st IMF National Sport Climbing Competition for Visually Challenged climbers was declared open jointly by former MLA , Ashwani Sharma and Chairman of Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), S. Bhattacharjee at Sprawling Buds ICSE School campus, here today.

President Dogri Sanstha, Prof. Lalit Magotra and Divisional Sports Officer of J&K State Sports Council, Ravi Singh, Rahul Sharma, Chairman and Ramesh Khajuria, Director of Sprawling Buds ICSE School, were also present along with Principal of Apple Kids, Bantalab, Arti Sharma.
Speaking to the gathering, chief guest congratulated the Mountaineering Association for providing a platform to the visually challenged climbers to excel.

He lauded the role in efforts by the Association in promoting sport climbing in the state despite infrastructure constraints and producing national and international climbers like Shivani Charak and Mrityunjay Sharma.

He assured all possible help and cooperation for further promotion of the game in J&K. He also congratulated the climbers for the inclusion of Sport climbing in the next Asian Games at Indonesia and Olympic Games at Tokyo in 2020 and hoped that two ace climbers of the state would find a place in the national team for the Asian as well as Tokyo Olympics.

Earlier, welcoming the participants, general secretary of Mountaineering Association of J&K (MAJK), Ram Khajuria disclosed that because of financial constraints and the resultant uncertainty of the conduct of the competition at Jammu only 70-80 climbers from six states of the country are participating in this competition.

Meanwhile, there was a lot of enthusiasm among the locals to witness this unique event and many people including school students turned up today to see visually challenged children climbing the 40ft high wall.


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