Ice Sports Festival Begins in Hunza – Newspaper

GILGIT: The first national ice sports competitions started the other day in the Upper Hunza village of Ghulkin.

The festival features competitions in ice skating, ice hockey, ice football and ice polo.

A total of 21 teams, including five girl teams, from Punjab, Sindh, AJK, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, GB Scouts, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, Baltistan, of Ghizer and Hunza participate in the games.

The Ghulkin Winter Club in conjunction with the Pakistan Winter Sports Association is organizing the event.

Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Wendy Gilmour, also attended the inaugural ceremony of the games as a chief guest and acted as referee in a match played between the women’s teams of Altit Scarf and by Chipurson Hunza.

British Minister Obaidullah Baig, district administration officials, social and political activists were also present at the inaugural ceremony.

Amjad Wali, chairman of the British Winter Sports Association, said winter sports competitions would continue until January 23.

Obaidullah Baig appreciated Wendy Gilmour for her support in organizing the winter sports festival in Britain.

On this occasion, the elders performed a traditional dance to music and national anthems were played.

Speaking on the occasion, Wendy Gilmour said: “It is heartening to see young people playing ice hockey and members of the local community helping them learn the game.”

Posted in Dawn, January 20, 2022

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