Two Kashmiri Girls To Represent India In Asian Alpine Ski Championship In Iran

| February 28 , 2018 , 17:02 IST

Two Kashmir girls, Sabiya Nabi and Shabista Shabir have been selected to represent India in the Asian Junior Alpine Ski Championship scheduled to be held in Iran from March 1. Both of them hail from Tangmarg district of Baramulla.

Both these girls have been pursuing skiing from their childhood and took part in different training and competing programs, organized by Winter Games Association of J&K from time to time.

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Sabiya Nabi began her skiing in 2005 when she attended her basic ski course and a won consolation prize in that course as well. She also did advance courses twice in 2008 and 2010 and both times won first positions. She won silver medals in Aegis Gulmarg Cup, HAWS Cup and Gulmarg Global Derby in 2009, 2011 and 2012 respectively. In 2013 and 2014 she won two golds and one silver medal in Junior Nationals.

Whereas, Shabista Shabir started skiing in 2007 and did all the three courses in a row successfully with merit. She first time participated in Junior National Ski Championship in 2013 and won silver and bronze medals in Giant Slalom and Slalom respectively. She participated in Senior Nationals in 2014 held at Gulmarg and in the same year she represented her state in Junior National Championship held.

The India contingent to be fielded in the competition comprises of boys and girls in the age group born between 1993-2001. The select trials for the Asian Junior Alpine Ski Championship were held at Gulmarg from February 3-4.

Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Director Mahmood A Shah on Monday facilitated the two young girls with two sets of ski equipment before they left for Delhi to meet Winter Games Federation of India.

“The ski equipment are very expensive and are mostly procured from European countries. Our players who mostly come from middle-class families can’t afford costly equipment approved by FIS for international events. We aim to facilitate these budding players so that they can continue to follow their passions and bring laurels for the state and the nation,” Mahmood A Shah said in a statement.

With a state full of conflicts and controversies, a good news such as this shouldn’t be amiss.