Ladakh School Olympics gets underway

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
Jammu, Aug 24: A grand inaugural ceremony of Ladakh School Olympics, a mega sporting event and first of its kind in Ladakh was held at the historic Leh Pologround today in presence of CEC, LAHDC Dorjey Mutup, MP Ladakh Thupstan Tsewang, DC, Leh Avny Lavasa and SSP, Leh Sargun Shukla.
Tsewang Gyalson, Indian Ice Hockey Team Captain, Jigmet Dolma Ace Marathon Runner and Stanzin Laskit, Everester were the guests of honour on the occasion and they declared the LSO open with lighting of the Olympic flame, hoisting of Olympic flag and oath taking ceremony.
The concept of the Ladakh School Olympics has been initiated by District Administration, LAHDC, Leh for the purpose of motivating the local school children and to explore their sporting talents by providing a common platform to compete and excel.
ICICI Bank is the main sponsor of the 5 days event which is being executed under supervision of district officers assigned with respective duties during the mega sporting event.
Addressing the gathering, CEC LAHDC Dorjey Mutup said that Ladakh being at a high altitude location, the people here have to face great difficulties, adding despite this fact the sporting spirit and enthusiasm exhibited by the school children with their huge participation in the LSO has proved the unbeatable courage and strength of Ladakhi youth.
DC Leh Avny Lavasa also spoke on the occasion.
A total of around 2000 students across the district are participating in different sports events including track and field events, judo, boxing, table tennis, archery, football and volleyball at three venues namely Pologround Leh, Indoor Stadium and NDS Stadium. Boxing as a sport has been introduced for the first time in Leh under the LSO event.
On the first day 133 matches of Judo, Boxing, Girls Football, Volleyball and Table Tennis were played. Leh block has won the maximum matches numbering 76 followed by Khaltsi block winning 22 matches and on third place is Nubra block with 17 wins.
A scintillating cultural program was presented by school children and a football match between girls of Mahabodhi Residential School, Choglamsar and Higher Secondary School Diskit was also played on the inaugural day.