Srinagar, Mar 02: The 2nd edition of the Khelo India National Winter Games, which had commenced on February 26 at Gulmarg, culminated today with a grand ceremony. Jammu and Kashmir topped the medals tally with a total of 11 gold medals.
On the occasion, Principal Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, Alok Kumar, who was the Chief Guest, described Gulmarg as â€œspectacularâ€. He also announced that the 3rd Edition of the Khelo India National Winter Games have been allotted to Gulmarg.
On the occasion, Commandant High Altitude Warfare School Gulmarg, Major General RK Singh, Director, Tourism, Kashmir, G N Itoo, Secretary J&K Sports Council, Nuzhat Gul, President Winter Games Association, President, Hoteliers Association, Gulmarg, Heads of various sports associations, officers, , players and tourists were present.
While welcoming the Chief Guest, Secretary J&K Sports Council, Nuzhat Gul said that under the patronage of the new Principal Secretary, the department will achieve new heights to make Jammu and Kashmir the sports destination of the country. She said the department will grab all the opportunities to promote all types of games.
On the occasion, a number of cultural programmes were performed by the J&K Cultural Department's Yimbarzal Troupe who sung traditional Kashmiri songs. The event started with the traditional burning of Izband. Several artists sung several Sufi and Bollywood songs at intervals to enthral the guests, athletes, tourists and audiences to keep their spirit at higher level.
Medals were also distributed among the winners of different games and mementos were given to the Chief Guest and other dignitaries.
President, Winter Games Association, Abass Wani thanked the administration for the support and extended his gratitude to all the concerned officers and departments. The Chief Accounts officers J&K Sports Council, Zafar Ahmad presented vote of thanks to the dignitaries, players, associations and concerned HoDs of the various departments.
Earlier, Alok Kumar visited Kongdori where Alpine Slalom Men, Alpine Slalom Women and Snowboard Men sports events were in progress. He was accompanied by Secretary, J&K Sports Council, Nuzhat Gul and other officers.
Jammu and Kashmir bagged 11 gold, 18 silver and 5 bronze medals to top the Games, followed by Karnataka with5 gold and 4 bronze. Maharashtra finished third with 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.
The events held in the first half of the day included the Ice hockey competition that was played in the wee hours of morning. Army from ASCB won gold, AIPSCB from ITBP got silver and UT of Ladakh scored bronze. Slalom Snowboard, Speed Skating, and Sprint events were also held earlier in the day.