State Times News JAMMU: Four Sport Climbers of Mountaineering Association of J&K (MAJK), Shivani Charak, Ajay Deep Singh, Arun Deep Singh and Shilpa Charak shall vie for honours in the Asian Youth Championship scheduled to be held at Bengaluru from December 12 to 15, 2019. These J&K climbers are among the 28 Indian climbers selected to participate in six categories for this continental competition. In fact, another climber of Union Territory of J&K, Mrityunjay Sharma was also selected for this competition but he conveyed his inability to participate in this competition because of certain personal reasons. The selection for this prestigious continental competition was made by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), New Delhi, the apex body for mountaineering and sport climbing in the country, after rigorous training of climbers for almost two months at International standard climbing wall in Kalinga Stadium Bhuvneshwar and Bengaluru and also on the basis of latest national ranking of climbers. “While Shivani Charak is currently the top ranked sport climber of the country in the women category, Shilpa is also among the top five climbers in her age group. Similarly, Ajay Deep Singh is ranked two and Arun Deep is ranked three in the country in the boys’ category,” General Secretary of the Association, Ram Khajuria said. However, while Shivani shall compete in all the three forms of climbing i.e Lead and Speed and Bouldering, Shilpa shall participate in only Lead climbing only. Ajay Deep Singh and Arun Deep Singh shall also compete in only one competition of Speed Climbing and Bouldering respectively. It may be mentioned here that both Shivani Charak and Shilpa Charak are international climbers. While Shivani had her training at Switzerland, Slovania and Italy, she has already participated in a number of international competitions including World Cup in 2017, Asian Cup at Bangkok and Asian Youth Championship at Chonqing, China in 2018 and 3 international competitions in Indonesia and China in 2019. She has also been fully sponsored by the Government of China for five competitions in various cities of China during 2019. 19 years old Shilpa Charak is also an accomplished climber who represented the country in World Youth Championship at Arco, Italy, last month. However, for Ajay Deep Singh and Arun Deep it will be their maiden international competition. Meanwhile, patrons of Tawi Trekkers J&K, Ashwani Sharma (former MLA) and Rahul Sharma, Chairman, Sprawling Buds ICSE School, Zorawar Singh Jamwal (Secretary General Press Club of Jammu); Ram Khajuria and Shawetica as also Prof. Lalit Magotra (President Dogri Sanstha, Jammu) have conveyed best wishes to the climbers for good showing in this continental competition and to bring laurels to the Union Territory of J&K.
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