Srinagar, Mar 3: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday wished two Kashmiri girls, who have been selected to represent India in Asian Alpine Skiing Championship in Iran.
Taking to micro-blogging site twitter, Ms Mehbooba said, ‘Best wishes to Shabista Shabir & Sabiya Nabi from Tangmarg as they represent India at the Asian Alpine Ski Championship in Iran. The girls have participated in many national championships so far. However, this will be the first time they are representing the country abroad.’
Shahista and Sabiya hail from north Kashmir’s Tangmarg town which is close to the Gulmarg ski resort. Notably India is fielding its contingent comprising of boys and girls who are in the age group born between 1993 and 2001 in the said Championship.
The selection trials for Asian Junior Alpine Ski Championship were held at Gulmarg on 3rd and 4th February. Nearly 30 athletes representing different affiliated units of Winter Games Federation of India including J&K, HP, Uttarakhand, Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM), High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS), Army and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports took part in Slalom and Giant Slalom trials during which Shabista and Sabiya were selected. The trials were held by WGFI in association with Winter Games Association of J&K, IISM and HAWS with logistic support from Tourism Department.
Both Shabista and Sabiya have participated in five national championships so far representing the state. This is for the first time the two girls will be representing India in any international event. (KNB)