Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur attended the opening ceremony of the ice wall climbing competition on Saturday and said events like this, along with snow and ice sculptures, can help the Union territory to become a winter destination for tourists. Thirteen teams take part in the head and speed events during the competition organized by North-West Frontier ITBP Leh in collaboration with the Ladakh Mountaineering Guide Association (LMGA) in Ganglas.
Commending the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the LGMA for taking the lead and organizing the event in an organized manner, Mathur stressed the need for collective effort from all organizations including the armed forces and civilians, to organize this event to a greater escalate.
“It is a matter of pride that about 106 participants are taking part in this ice wall climbing competition,” he said, expressing hope that international participants will take part in the event as well as locals. Ladakh participants in the Winter Olympics. The lieutenant governor said ice wall climbing and ice and snow carving could become major events to attract tourists in winter.
“Events such as skiing, ropeway, snow sculpting, walking and ice marathon have the potential to make Ladakh a top winter destination for tourists,” he said. He said the adventure activities undertaken by Ladakh Police and ITBP such as trek and rafting in Chadar will enhance their capabilities to serve the people of Ladakh and assist tourists. Earlier, ITBP North West Border Inspector General Lhari Dorjee Lhatoo said the aim of the competition was to attract international participants and also prepare athletes who could represent India at the Winter Olympics. He said these events would boost winter tourism and enable Ladakh to become a hub for winter activities.
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