Now enjoy ice hockey at 12,000ft in Spiti

An ice hockey rink is ready to host winter sport enthusiasts at an altitude of 12,000ft from sea level in the Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh.

The 50mX35m rink has been built near Kaza by Spiti administration to introduce this new sport to the people of the state. Officials believe this can be the highest ice hockey rink of the country as Kaza is higher than Leh.Spiti being coldest inhabitable place of Himachal, the ice in the rink has been prepared with the help of Mother Nature as all water sources get freeze here between December and March. All the enthusiasts can enjoy this sports soon in future but currently officials are planning to train some children professionally.

Spiti being coldest inhabitable place of Himachal, the ice in the rink has been prepared with the help of Mother Nature as all water sources get freeze here between December and March. All the enthusiasts can enjoy this sports soon in future but currently officials are planning to train some children professionally.

The youth services and sports department will conduct the very first 10-day-long ice hockey training programme for children from December 20. The students of Kaza would be encouraged to adopt ice hockey as their winter sport both professionally and for hobby.In the first batch, 40 students from Spiti and five students from Lahaul have been shortlisted for the training programme. Besides this, all the physical education teachers of the valley will be trained in this sport so that they further train the students.

In the first batch, 40 students from Spiti and five students from Lahaul have been shortlisted for the training programme. Besides this, all the physical education teachers of the valley will be trained in this sport so that they further train the students.

Three national athletes from Ladakh Women Ice Hockey Foundation — Stanzin C, Rinchen Dolma and Tashi Dolkar — will teach the students in the camp. Agriculture and IT minister Dr Ram Lal Markanda will inaugurate the training camp on December 20.

Additional district magistrate at Kaza Gyan Sagar Negi said this initiative has been started so that we could develop interest for ice hockey among the students of the district who can represent state and the country in this sport on national and international level.“The climatic conditions of Spiti are apt for ice hockey. Initially we have chosen only 45 students but the number will be increased in the future. Spiti remains covered with snow for five months a year and people here are capable of facing any challenge. It would be a pride moment for people of Spiti if its children perform well in the sports in the future,” he said.

“The climatic conditions of Spiti are apt for ice hockey. Initially we have chosen only 45 students but the number will be increased in the future. Spiti remains covered with snow for five months a year and people here are capable of facing any challenge. It would be a pride moment for people of Spiti if its children perform well in the sports in the future,” he said.

Posted on December 20, 2019

Ice hockey to be a tourist attraction in Spiti: Minister

While inaugurating the first ice hockey coaching camp-cum-tournament on the country’s highest ice hockey rink near Kaza in Spiti, agriculture and IT minister Dr Ram Lal Markanda said the government will improve this newly built rink which will be a new tourist attraction.

The 50mX25m rink was prepared by Spiti administration in just 20 days at an altitude of over 12,000ft at administrative headquarter Kaza. Initially, 45 students from Lahaul-Spiti district have been chosen for the first-ever coaching camp that started on Friday. As common outdoor games are not possible in winter months in Spiti valley which remains covered with snow and ice under extreme cold weather, winter games are being introduced in the valley so that talented sportsperson get a chance to show their talent.

Markanda said a huge ice hockey stadium will be built in Spiti valley which is famous for snow leopard sighting. “We shall develop ice hockey, skiing and other winter sports in Spiti. This will boost the local winter tourism as well. I’ve announced to give Rs 15 lakh to improve the ice rink. Additional Rs 15 lakh have been announced to develop skiing infrastructure,” he said.

ice hockey camp at spiti
Ice hockey camp at Spiti in Himachal Pradesh

The ice hockey camp is being conducted by youth services and sports with the help of Ladakh Women Ice Hockey Foundation. Three national women athletes from Ladakh have come to train the children. Minister said the camp will conclude on December 29 after which children would be sent to Ladakh for advance coaching. He said the government will manage all the expenses on the coaching camp.

“We shall leave no stone unturned in providing our children with the best available coaching in winter sports so that they represent the state and the country on national and international events. Himachal government has made a new sports policy so that good sportsperson gets all the facilities. The Kaza ice hockey rink will establish its unique identity very soon,” the minister said.

The temperature of Spiti dips below minus 25 degrees Celsius. The temperature here remains below freezing point between mid-November and late March. The valley receives heavy snow in winters. As entire Spiti has no indoor sports facility and the villages here are very thin and remote, the government and administration have the plan to develop winter sports infrastructure in the valley.

While water sources freeze from December to March, making it easy to develop ice rinks, the valley has a large number of natural slopes where skiing is possible. Physical education teachers of the valley will also be trained in winter sports so that they teach students in the schools.

 

Update on December 29, 2019

Ice hockey training programme concludes in Spiti

विश्व के सबसे उंचे आईस हाॅकी रिंक में पहली बार प्रशिक्षण शिविर रविवार को समाप्त हो गया है। लाहौल स्पीति के काजा उपमंडल में  20 दिसंबर से 29 दिसंबर तक आईस हाॅकी कोचिंग कैंप एंव टूनामेंट का शुरू हुआ था। इस शिविर में ब्वॉयज श्रेणी में तेनजिन प्रथम, तेनजिन तंडूप दूसरे और तेनजिन योनटोन तीसरे स्थान पर रहे। जबकि गर्ल श्रेणी में रिगजिन डोल्मा प्रथम, नवांग दूसरे और सोनम तीसरे स्थान पर रही। समापन समारोह में डोगरा स्काउट के सी ओ नितिन मुक्तल मौजूद रहें इसके अलावा उनके साथ मेजर शिव भसीन, er सी आर मीणा भी उपस्थित रहे ।
मुख्यातिथि ने कहा कि   20 दिसंबर से 29 दिसंबर तक चलने वाले आईस स्केटिंग हाॅकी कोचिंग कैंप का आयोजन लदाख वूमन आईस हाॅकी फाउडेशन लेह, युवा सेवाएं और खेल विभाग काजा के सहयोग से काफी सराहनीय है। इस शिविर में 45 छात्र छात्राओं को प्रशिक्षण दिया गया।।  हर साल इसी तरह का  प्रशिक्षण यहां के बच्चों को दिया जाएगा तो काफी अच्छा होगा। इस मौके पर एसडीएम जीवन सिंह नेगी ने कहा कि लदाख आईस वमून आइस हाॅकी फाउडेंशन  से आग्रह  है कि स्पीति के खिलाड़ियों को प्रशिक्षत किया गया है।  ताकि  राष्ट्रीय अंतराष्ट्रीय स्तर पर हमारे यहां के बच्चें प्रतिनिधित्व कर सके। इस दस दिवसीय शिविर के बार बच्चों को एंडवास कोचिंग कैंप के लिए लदाख भेजा जाएगा।। ऐसे में अगर यहां के बच्चों को आइस हाॅकी के बारे प्रशिक्षण दिया जाए तो बेहतर खिलाड़ी स्पीति से निकल कर देश दुनिया में नाम रोशन कर सकते है। इसलिए स्थानीय प्रशासन ने ये कदम उठाया है। 50 और 30 मीटर का आईस हाॅकी स्केटिंग कम समय में तैयार किया गया है। लदाख वूमन आईस हाॅकी फाउडेशन के सहयोग से यह शिविर चलाया जा गया। मौके पर लदाख वूमेन आईस हाॅकी फाउडेंषन की खिलाड़ी स्टाजिंग चोस्तो, रिंचन डोल्मा और टाशी डोल्कर का विशेष आभार व्यक्त किया। इस साथ ही लदाख वूमेन आईस हाॅकी फाउडेंषन के सदस्य कुंगा तंडुप और संजीवन राय का भी आभार जताया ।   इस  मौके पर डीएफओ हरदेव नेगी, युवा सेवाएं एंव खेल विभाग से स्कालजंग, अधिशासी अभियंता सिंचाई एंव जन स्वास्थ्य मंडल काजा  मनोज कुमार नेगी, अधिशासी अभियंता लोक निर्माण विभाग टाशी ज्ञाम्छो,  आदि मौजूद रहे।

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