Participants who played Ice Hockey Tournament at Chibra to break Guinness Book of World record.
STATE TIMES NEWS
Leh: A five-day Ice Hockey Tournament was organised at Chibra Kargyam in Changthang region in an attempt for a Guinness Book of World record for playing Ice Hockey Tournament at a Highest Altitude.
The tournament that commenced on last Saturday concluded on Thursday at Chibra Kargyam.
Six teams with each having 20 members took part in the tournament. The participating team included Hockey Foundation USA, Tatra Eagles from Slovakia, Geronimo from Germany, Rainstad from Europe, Rainer all Starts from Europe and Team Ladakh. The tournament was jointly organised by Ladakh Winter Sports Club (LWSC), Hockey Foundation USA and Lalok Winter Sport Association.
Located at a distance of 160 Km from Leh, International standard natural Ice Hockey Rink was prepared at the altitude of 4,375 meter above sea level at Chibra in Lalok.
Opening match was played between Hockey Foundation USA and Team Ladakh in which Hockey Foundation won the match. Interacting with media, President Ladakh Winter Sport Club President Namgyal Angchuk Gyapo said, “It was a tough challenge to organise tournament at this height where temperature drops below -25 degrees celsius but such tournament helps youth to get inspired in the Ice sport.”
Gyapo said that it was being organised with the aim to raise fund for the completion of under construction Ice Hockey Rink at Leh and thanked all stakeholders including the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her cabinet colleagues who helped them to transport the Rink Board in Army flight.
He informed that they have attempted Guinness Book of World record for playing Ice Hockey at highest altitude of 4,375 meters above sea level by breaking the past record of playing at 4,000 meter above sea level and result of the record will declared after six weeks.
Councilor Tangste Tashi Namgyal said that such tournament also helps promoting winter tourism promotion in the region and youth also get motivated to opt for winter sports.
Namgyal claimed that Lalok region in Chanthang in the eastern past of Ladakh is becoming more popular for Ice Hockey tournament as Ice starts freezing from November so lots of players from other parts of Ladakh come to the area for practising before major tournaments. He added that almost every village in Lalok region has its own natural Ice hockey Rink and youth takes lots of interest in Ice Sports.
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