4th Junior North Zone Sport Climbing C’ship on May 20-21

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, May 20: The 4th Junior North Zone Sport Climbing Championship for boys and girls will be conducted by Mountaineering Association of J&K at Sprawling Buds School, Chinore, here on May 20 and 21.
About 200 climbers from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, besides the host J&K are expected to participate in the 2-day championship.
According to a handout issued here, since it is a Junior Zonal Championship, only those climbers, both boys and girls, born in 1999, 2000 and after are eligible to compete in the competitions which will be conducted both in Lead and Speed climbing.
The competitions shall be conducted strictly as per IFSC rules and only fresh international standard climbing equipment will be used.
The championship carries total prize money of Rs.30,000 only which will be distributed equally between boys and girls.
Almost all the prominent North Zone climbers including national medalists are likely to participate in the competition and a keen tussle is on the cards in all the categories.
The J&K challenge will be spear headed by Mrityunjay Sharma, a national bronze medallist and the team with very talented climbers includes Shivani Charak, Abhishek Singh, Aman Dogra, Shilpa and Nitya Sharma.
The Indian Mountaineering Foundation North Zone Committee will provide adequate technical support and a few officials including the president of Jury, the Chief Route Setter, Judges and Belayers.
The Chairman IMF North Zone Committee, S Bhattacharjee will also be present during the competition.
The Association has already formed committees for making elaborate boarding, lodging and transport arrangements for the comfortable stay of the participants and officials and has also arranged local sight-seeing to make it really a memorable event.
The Championship is being organized by Mountaineering Association of J&K under the aegis of Indian Mountaineering Foundation North Zone Committee and sponsored by J&K State Sports Council.