Women skiers set out for National Championship

Published: January 19, 2013
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The competition itself will feature 12 team.

The competition itself will feature 12 team.

KARACHI: Women skiers Amina Wali and Ifrah Wali have set out to Naltar to participate in the National Skiing Championship despite the sensitive law-and-order situation in the country. They claimed that competitions should be held regularly to keep the skiers in shape.

They added that the national championship was long overdue since the event was cancelled last year due to hostile weather conditions.

The Wali sisters, who won the gold and silver medal at the first South Asian Games in India in 2011, are top skiers from Rawalpindi. However, before leaving for the Championship Amina was unsure whether she would represent Army or not.

“It’s a tricky situation, but we are all set and prepared for the championship now and are counting on it,” Amina told The Express Tribune. “This time around, reaching Naltar will be a little difficult because there are sensitive areas in the region where the law and order situation is volatile. But Naltar, on the other hand, is a safe place and the championship should take place in any case.

“I’m travelling with my family, so it’s all good for me and Ifrah,” said Amina. “The Pakistan Skiing Federation has also given us the heads-up for travelling there. The Pakistan Air Force is responsible for security.”

She emphasised that the championship has not taken place in two years and the athletes desperately need events to stay in form.

“Even though we don’t know which team we will be representing this year, we are going there to ski because we love the sport.”

Meanwhile the competition itself will feature 12 teams including provincial squads, a team from Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan Scouts, Alpine Club of Pakistan, Higher Secondary Commission and Pakistan Air Force. The athletes will participate in the slalom and giant slalom events.

The championship was previously scheduled to start from January 25 and a training camp was supposed to be set up on January 17. However, due to the delay in snowfall, the championship will now commence from January 27.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 19th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Lone Star
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:48AM

    Amazing!!! that Pakistani women can do it. I thought only “goris” can do that.

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  • Ehsan karim
    Jan 21, 2013 - 9:50AM

    Just shutup !! Gilgit-Baltistan is the most peaceful area in the whole country.. On the basis of some target killings in Gilgit city, you can’t called the whole area “Sensitive”.

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  • zabandraz
    Jan 21, 2013 - 3:48PM

    I agree with you , it is a very peaceful place.These news reporters don’t know the diference between NORTHERN AREAS AND FATA

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  • AllahRukha
    Jan 22, 2013 - 4:52AM

    Yes. It is understandable that there had been sectarian killings in the area. Something as condemnable as killing of Ahmadis in Lahore or the the mayhem in Karachi. However, calling it a sensitive does not help at all.

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  • Fatima Gulshan
    Feb 8, 2013 - 12:27AM

    Well It’s Higher Education Commission (HEC) team not Higher Secondary
    in the second last para.. :D

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