Climber Shivani wins Bronze in Nationals

JAMMU: Shivani Charak of Mountaineering Association of J&K (MAJK) won Bronze medal in Speed Climbing in the 24th National Sport Climbing Competition held at Kanteerva Stadium, Bengaluru.

Shivani lost the semifinals of Women's category while competing against reigning Speed Climbing champion, Shivpreet of Punjab. However, she came out strongly to win against the other losing semifinalist, Sonali Pereira of Bengaluru to claim the Bronze medal.

Asma Gul, the other J&K climber in the North Zone team also performed well in Speed to enter the final round of eight climbers in the Girls category but slipped in the next competition to eventually secure the sixth rank.

Barring the Bronze medal in Speed Climbing, the 24th National Championship turned out to be a nightmare for Shivani Charak who was the reigning national champion both in Lead Climbing and Bouldering besides a silver medalist in Speed Climbing in the last edition of the competition. All that she could manage in this national was only 4th and 5th position in Lead and Bouldering respectively.

"This was despite the fact that Shivani along with Asma Gul had undergone strenuous coaching for 11 days at the International standard climbing walls and Gym at Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), New Delhi which, however, proved to be woefully inadequate," a dejected general secretary of the MAJK, Ram Khajuria told Jammu Links News.

Saddened over the performance of Shivani in the national championship which she had been dominating for the last couple of years, Ram Khajuria said that one day it was bound to happen as the State Government has neither provided the necessary infrastructure nor any equipment to the Mountaineering Association. "For how long the Association or she can afford financially on her own to stay at Delhi or some other places where the infrastructure exists, for months together for practice," he wondered!

"At the time when Olympic Games are just a year away the Government must provide her all the necessary facilities like required infrastructure or in its absence she should be regularly deputed to various places where the international standard climbing walls and boulders exist, for coaching and practice under reputed coaches, so that she can make it to the Tokyo Olympic-2020 and bring laurels to the state and the country,'' demanded Khajuria.

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