International Rafting Championship at Sonamarg, Kashmir
Srinagar, July 29 - Six days International Rafting Championship will commence from August 3 in River Sindh at Sonamarg. Besides the teams of various States in country, the Rafting teams from overseas will also participating in the event.
This was shared by Minister for Tourism and Culture while addressing press this evening at Nagin Club Srinagar. Minister of State for Tourism Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani was also present on the occasion.
The Minister further shared that this is for the first time that Jammu & Kashmir Tourism is going to organize such a grand event for adventure lovers. He said the teams from Czech Republic, Canada, Newzeland and Slovakia have confirmed their participation in the championship and added that the teams from USA, Holland and Hungary are also likely to participate in this International Rafting Competition. Three teams from Jammu, Kashmir and JK Police will also participate in the event.
Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department has finalized all the arrangements for making the event a success besides arranging for the boarding and lodging fore guest players at the venue.
The Minister said Jammu & Kashmir has tremendous adventure tourism potential and to tap it fully, the government has initiated various innovative steps to create necessary infrastructure for adventure sports in the State. Nature has gifted Jammu & Kashmir with lush green meadows, landscapes, rivers, mountains and slopes that offer huge adventure sports potential.
The Minister said that to promote the adventure tourism in the State he has directed the department to organize various national and international championship of river rafting, skiing and tracking in the State. The Tourism Department is building necessary infrastructure and also purchasing necessary equipment for facilitating the adventure lovers.
International Rafting foundation has also given its patronage to the championship and deputing an expert from Newzeland who will be in Sonamarg to share his knowledge with the participating teams.