STATE TIMES NEWS LEH: Ladakh is a leading territory in Ice Hockey in the country. Government of India will make ‘Ice Hockey’ a recognised sport for which reports have been sought from the Ice Hockey Association of India. Union Minister of State Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, said this on Tuesday in Leh after inaugurating the first-ever Khelo India Ladakh Winter Game at Ice Hockey Stadium in Leh. Congratulating Ladakhis for achieving the UT status after struggling for decades, Rijiju informed that at present there is an acute shortage of staff in the newly created UT of Ladakh and it may take some time to streamline things. He said that Ice Hockey was a traditional game of Ladakh and now efforts must be made to take it to the Olympic level and his ministry will extent all possible support in this regard. He said Ladakh is a leading territory in Ice Hockey in the country and standard of the game is very high but needs recognition so that the sports and the players could be supported through the Sports Authority of India. He assured to get ‘Ice Hockey’ recognised for which reports have been sought from the Ice Hockey Association of India. Lt Governor Ladakh RK Mathur, Chairman LAHDC, Leh Gyal P.Wangyal, MP Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Advisor to L.G. Umang Narula, DC, Leh and district officers, ITBP North West Frontier IG Deepam Seth and Army officers were present to witness the event. The game is being organised by Department of Youth Services and Sports with the support of Ladakh Winter Sports Club. An exhibition Ice Hockey match was played between Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre (LSRC) Red Team and Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP). ITBP won the match by scoring two goals while LSRC fail to score any goal. Earlier, LG Ladakh requested the Minister to make UT of Ladakh a new centre for Winter Games. CEC, LAHDC, Leh Gyal P.Wangyal, MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal and UT Ladakh Secretary Youth Services and Sports Saugat Biswas also spoke on the occasion. Children attired in traditional costumes displayed a mesmerizing skating show at the end.
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