Shivani secures 11 place in Asia Cup

JAMMU: Shivani Charak of J&K gave a creditable performance by securing 11th position in Bouldering competition in the Asian Cup (Bouldering and Speed) held at Bangkok in Thailand from June 15 to June 17.

In a field of 23 climbers from prominent Asian countries she excelled in the first round to enter the semifinals. However, against a very tough competition among some of the top climbers of the world she could not do much due to inexperience and lack of exposure to the big event and finally claimed the 11th rank.

Still considering the fact that there is no climbing infrastructure in J&K and Shivani has to continuously shuttle between Jammu and Delhi for practice on standard walls it was an excellent performance.

Earlier, in the Speed competition also Shivani had entered the final round but due to a technical snag she could finish at only the 16th position. Now she is nevertheless in high spirits having gained the much needed experience and exposure of competing with the top climbers prior to her participation in the 18th Asian Games scheduled to be held at Jakarta-Palembang (Indonesia) from August 18 to September two.

Shivani was among the seven sport climbers of India including two girls selected by Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi for this prestigious international competition.

The competition was organized by the Sport Climbing Association of Thailand under the aegis of Asian Continental Council with the approval of International Federation of Sport Climbing, the apex body for sport climbing in the world.

Meanwhile, Shivani, after her participation in the 1st IMF National Lead Climbing Competition to be held at Srinagar from June 23 to June 25 would proceed to Bhuvneshwar (Orissa) for her special training for the Asian Games.


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