Mandi, January 20
The Ladakh team won the title in the four-day 9th National Women Ice Hockey Championship which concluded at Kaza in tribal district Lahaul and Spiti. Chandigarh team emerged runner-up.
Will work to provide better facilities: Anurag
Even in the absence of ice hockey facilities, our sons and daughters have performed brilliantly. It will be our endeavour that we continuously improve the facilities for ice hockey so that our children get good training. — Anurag Thakur, Union Sports Minister
The winner team was awarded gold medal by Additional District Magistrate Kaza Mohan Dutt Sharma and trophy by Harjinder Singh Jindi, general secretary of Ice Hockey Association of India. The runner-up team was awarded silver medal and a trophy. Delhi team got the third spot and was awarded bronze.
Certificates were distributed to all the players. The best player award initiated in the name of Karma Yeshe Khando was given to Thinley Bagmo of Kuling village and Rigzin Dolma of Shalkhar village in Spiti.
Harjinder Singh Jindi, general secretary of Ice Hockey Association of India, was the chief guest. In his address, he said that the day was not far when India would create history by winning a medal in ice hockey in the Olympics. “Our daughters are no less than anyone”, he said. He congratulated the players and said the teams that lost should not lose their morale but practice hard and try to win next time.
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Sports Anurag Thakur sent a video message to encourage the players and organisers of this event. “I would like to congratulate the Ice Hockey Association of India and Lahaul and Spiti to organise this prestigious championship at Kaza successfully. Our young players got an opportunity to display their talent,” said Anurag in his video message.
He said a high altitude sports centre was being built at Kaza, which will have an ice hockey rink. “In near future, our children will get an opportunity to play and train about ice hockey at Kaza. This will create opportunities and pave the way for winning medals for the country and the state.