CS inaugurates National Ice Hockey Championship in Leh

Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam during inauguration of National Ice Hockey Championship in Leh.
Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam during inauguration of National Ice Hockey Championship in Leh.

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
LEH, Jan 17: Chief Secretary, J&K, BVR Subrahmanyam presided as the chief guest on the opening ceremony of IHAI National Ice Hockey Championship (Men & Women) at Karzoo Ice Hockey Rink, here today.
He was accompanied by Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal, DC Leh Avny Lavasa and SSP Leh Sargun Shukla.
It will be the 8th IHAI Men National Championship in which 10 teams representing states of J&K, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Maharashtra, Telangana, Chandigarh and the teams of Army Sports Control Board and All India Police Sports Control Board (ITBP) are participating.
For women it is the 6th IHAI National Championship in which 4 states are participating including J&K, Delhi, Maharashtra and Chandigarh. The inaugural match was played between teams of Uttarakhand and Army.
Addressing the gathering, CS, Subrahmanyam expressed happiness to see the sport of Ice Hockey gaining momentum in Leh. He assured that with the development of better facilities the sport will improve further and hoped that one day players from Leh will participate as member in one of the world Ice Hockey teams. He ensured to work with the district administration in developing facilities for more children to play this sport.
CS spoke about the power devolved to Hill Council giving council a complete hold over the state budget which he said is a big empowerment and hoped that it will support development in better ways in Ladakh.
He also mentioned about the Prime Minister’s visit to Leh soon and inauguration of new Leh Airport Terminal, Cluster University, College, Power Grid connection to mention few. He said that with all these developments to happen he see a bright future for Ladakh economically, developmentally and in sports.
Principal Secretary, J&K Rohit Kansal in his speech said that ice hockey is one more glorious reason to visit Leh in winters and the promise of a great future in terms of increase in tourism, booming economy, employment.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Avny Lavasa said that in winters Ladakh is a world with full of energy, enthusiasm, excitement because of ice hockey activities, coaching camps, tournaments organised by various stakeholders. Mementoes were presented to the Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary by District Administration and Ladakh Winter Sports Club on the occasion.