STATE TIMES NEWSLEH: On the last day of Ladakh School Olympics (LSO), 2019, river rafting competition of school children was conducted on Saturday covering a stretch of 8 kms from Tsoksti till Sangam view point in Zanskar River. Chewang Phonsog, Vice Chancellor, Ladakh Cluster University was the Chief Guest who flagged off the boys and girls rafting teams from Tsoksti in the morning. Addressing the gathering during an award ceremony function held at Adventure Park near Nimoo Sangam, C. Phonsog congratulated the top three ranking boys and girls teams. He appreciated the initiative and efforts of district administration in organising the Ladakh School Olympics and having thought of including river rafting as one of the sporting event which is quite familiar in Himalayan mountain regions. He stressed on the need to give more attention to promote sports in the country to have greater participation in world olympics and said that LSO is a step forward in this direction. C. Phonsog suggested administration to involve both Leh and Kargil Districts in LSO from next year that will ensure more participation and better competition. He urged the students to inculcate the true sportsmanship spirit by learning to take victory without pride and defeat without remorse. He said that sports teaches discipline, self control, good mannerism, team spirit and provides every child the opportunity of holistic growth and to be a good human in life. Advisor to all Ladakh Rafting Organisation informed that the best 10 students selected from the rafting teams both girls and boys will be sent to Reshikesh for river rafting training this year. Besides, the selected students will also compete in the world highest rafting competition to be held in Leh this year, he added. He expressed gratitude to DC Leh, Avny Lavasa for including rafting in LSO and requested Administration for more support in promoting river rafting in Leh which has great potential in providing job opportunities for locals as rafting guides. Member, Kunthus Tsogspa, Nimoo shared his views on the occasion and thanked DC, Leh for giving them the chance to be a part of LSO by way of providing refreshments to the students participating in rafting. Later, C. Phonsog presented medals to the top three teams of boys/girls in river rafting. In girls team, Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Saspol bagged the first position, Government High School (GHS), Chuchot Shamma, Leh second and GHSS, Sakti third. In boys team, GHSS Summor won the gold medal, GHSS, Nyoma bagged the silver medal and Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Leh got the bronze medal.
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