Boosting winter sports: Srinagar witnesses first-ever snowshoe run
Srinagar: The Snowshoe Federation of India organized a snowshoe run cum interaction programme in Srinagar city recently to promote winter sports in Jammu and Kashmir, media reports said.
The event was held amid heavy snowfall in the Valley.
Athletes from different parts of Kashmir took part in this run recently, which is played in high snowfall regions like Europe, reports ANI.
Gulzar Ahmad, who is part of the Snowshoe Association, told ANI that the snowshoe run was organised in Srinagar keeping in view the scope of the sport in a winter tourism place like Kashmir.
"This is a not so popular game in Jammu and Kashmir but we have organized this for the first time in Srinagar. Last week we had organized an event. Now, this week we are organizing another event for the junior and senior category. Snowshoe equipment is required in this sport which is common in Gulmarg. The winter season remains for five months in Kashmir which leaves a lot of scope for such event," Gulzar Ahmad told ANI.
Inayat Hussian, a member of the J-K Society for Trekking and Mountaineering, told the Indian news agency: " The youth of Jammu and Kashmir has an abundance of talent. A selection is taking place here today for the Khelo India event for the snowshoe run. This is a unique activity. The youth of the region are excited about the new sport. I think people here will get a great opportunity to showcase their talent. The Tourism Department and other departments need to step up to further this cause."