Winter Games draw people to Gulmarg

February 15th, 2008 - 7:50 pm ICT by admin  

Tangmarg (Gulmarg), Feb.15 (ANI): The 5th National Winter Games, starting this Monday (Feb.18) at the snow-covered resort of Gulmarg, has drawn a large number of adventure enthusiasts and tourists.
Besides its entertainment value and thrill, winter games give a boost to traders.
Residents of Tangmarg are upbeat over the prospects of visitors that will lend a fillip to commercial activities since tourism is the mainstay of the economy here.
“People are very happy, especially sledge suppliers because media will highlight the games that are to be organised in Gulmarg and then it will be popularised in every nook and corner of the country. Tourism will be promoted. Government has taken very good initiative to organise this game. Besides major population of this is dependant on tourism, hence it is good for them,” said Shabir Ahmed, owner of a hotel, Tangmarg.
People have hailed the governments decision to host the winter games in the valley, as it would also ensure a good fortune for the local traders.
“Since four to five years, no such national games have been organised here. After four years, these games are being held here which will substantiate and increase the income of the sledge and other workers. Tourism has increased than previous years, specifically in winters. And with national coverage it will increase even more,” said Abdul Rasheed a resident of Tangmarg.
At least 17 teams, comprising about 500 participants, are expected to participate in the event.
Organized by Jammu and Kashmir government, the national winter games will see the participation of teams from Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, New Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Western Himalayan Mountaineering Institute of Manali, BSF, Indian Navy and Indian Army among others besides the host State.
To be participated by men and women sportspersons, it will be a contest for top honours in events like Slalom, Giant Slalom, Snowboard Alpine skiing, Figure and Speed skating, besides ice hockey. (ANI)

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